Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3118: Animal Minds and Animal Ethics
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.
|Term(s) and duration|
This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)
Dr Celso Alves Neto (Convenor)
|Available via distance learning|
How smart are non-human animals? In this module, we investigate this question by considering whether and how non-human animals exhibit consciousness, inferential reasoning, communication, social behaviour, and moral norms. To examine these issues, the module brings together scientific and philosophical literature on both human and non-human cognition. This examination leads to another type of question, namely: how should we treat smart non-human animals? The module is highly recommended for interdisciplinary pathways, and it is suitable for non-specialist students interested in animal studies broadly construed, the philosophy of mind, and primatology.