Human and Animal Minds -

Human and Animal Minds

The Consciousness Questions Laid to Rest

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The continuities between human and animal minds are increasingly well understood. This has led many people to make claims about consciousness in animals, which has often been taken to be crucial for their moral standing. Peter Carruthers argues compellingly that there is no fact of the matter to be discovered, and that the question of animal consciousness is of no scientific or ethical significance. The transition from creatures that are definitely incapable of phenomenal consciousness to those that definitely are (like us) is not scientifically significant. And concern for animals can be grounded in sympathy, which requires only understanding of their desires and other mental states.

Product code: 9780198843702

ISBN 9780198843702
No. Of Pages 240
Publisher Oxford University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H224xW144xS19
Claims about consciousness in animals are often made in support of their moral standing. Peter Carruthers argues that there is no fact of the matter about animal consciousness and it is of no scientific or ethical significance. Sympathy for an animal can be grounded in its mental states, but should not rely on assumptions about its consciousness.