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Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling

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Mark Rowlands, Are animals persons?

Abstract

Both Descartes the rationalist and Hume the empiricist, polar opposites philosophically, denied the unity and continuity of animal mind. Kant pointed out that the presence of retrievable memories entails unity of consciousness. Rowlands now argues that animals too have unity of consciousness.

Author Biography

Bernard Rollin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Animal Sciences and Biomedical Sciences, at Colorado State University. One of the leading scholars in animal rights and animal consciousness, he has lectured worldwide. http://philosophy.colostate.edu/people/brollin/