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Can Animals Be Persons?

Mark Rowlands


According to the standard conception of persons, an individual qualifies as a person if it satisfies four conditions, broadly construed. First, the individual is conscious, in the sense that there is something it is like to be it. Second, it is rational, in the sense that it can execute at least some rational inferences and possesses the required materials for such inferences, such as beliefs and desires. Third, the individual must be self-aware, aware of itself as an individual persisting through time. Finally, it must be other-aware, aware of the mindedness of others. This book argues that m ... More

Keywords: animal minds, belief, consciousness, mindreading, rationality, self-awareness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190846039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190846039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rowlands, author
Professor, University of Miami