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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

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Mark Rowlands, Are animals persons?

Abstract

Rowlands offers a de-intellectualised account of personhood that is meant to secure the unity of a mental life. I argue that his characterisation also singles out a morally relevant feature of individuals. Along the same lines that the orthodox understanding of personhood reflects a fundamental precondition for moral agency, Rowlands’s notion provides a fundamental precondition for moral patienthood.

Author Biography

Susana Monsó holds a PhD in philosophy and is affiliated with the Department of Logic, History, and Philosophy of Science at UNED, Madrid, and the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute, Vienna. Her work focuses on the intersection between debates on animal cognition, animal morality, and animal ethics.

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