Commentary Type

Invited Commentary


Mark Rowlands, Are animals persons?


Rowlands (2016) presents a compelling argument for extending personhood to nonhuman animals. Sociological conceptions of the person also do not require that animals meet the elusive standard of self-awareness. Sociological ideas on selfhood support the claims about pre-reflective awareness and extend the requisite experiences to animals.

Author Biography

Leslie Irvine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research focuses on the roles of animals in society. She has studied animal selfhood, animal sheltering, gender in veterinary medicine, animal abuse, animals in popular culture, and animal welfare in disasters. http://www.colorado.edu/sociology/leslie-irvine