Workshop on Animal Agency and Cognition | Recordings online

Recordings of the lectures by Susana Monsó (National Distance Education University), Cédric Sueur (University of Strasbourg) & Marie Pelé (Catholic University of Lille), Angie Pepper (University of Roehampton) & Richard Healey (University College London) as well as Kristin Andrews (York University) at the Workshop on Animal Agency and Cognition are available on our different platforms.


Long gone are the days when philosophers denied animals any mental life. Animals are no longer thought incapable of understanding—let alone speaking—a language, remembering past events, recognizing themselves in a mirror, using tools or acting deliberately. Over the last decades, researchers in animal cognition have demonstrated the presence of previously unsuspected mental capacities in our non-human cousins.

In this multidisciplinary workshop, the mental life of animals will be approached from the point of view of both philosophy and ethology, by representatives of both disciplines. Topics will include the concept of death in predators, the importance of agency for animal cognition research, the relevance of assent to interspecies justice, and the relationship between animal cultures and animal welfare.