PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Animal Persons

I will argue that the argument for animal personhood requires a look at the cognitive and affective capacities of human persons in order to compare them with nonhuman animals. I will examine the work of Gary Varner (2012) and Mark Rowlands’ (2012) and raise problems with both. I will argue for a suite of capacities associated with a stereotype concept of personhood, including subjectivity, personality, social relationships, rationality, and autonomy.

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Kristin Andrews    
Philosophy
York University

 

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