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Can Animals be Persons? In conversation with Mark Rowlands

Can Animals be Persons? In conversation with Mark Rowlands

Nick Spencer speaks with University of Miami Professor, Mark Rowlands. 14/05/2024

The idea that non–human animals should be recognised as legal persons has gained traction over recent years, and is the subject of numerous court cases. But underlying the legal and indeed empirical questions here, are some pretty deep philosophical ones.

What actually is a person? What role does rationality or consciousness or language play? And depending on our answers to those questions, could a non–human animal ever qualify as a person? 

In this week’s episode, Nick Spencer speaks to Mark Rowlands about his book Can Animals be Persons?

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, including Magisteria: the entangled histories of science and religion (Oneworld, 2023), The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is host of the podcast Reading Our Times.

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Posted 14 May 2024

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