Commentary Type

Open Commentary


King’s How animals grieve beautifully describes several ways in which animals and humans show a similar capacity for grief. Yet this book does not sufficiently emphasise the language-empowered capacity to objectify thinking and sentiments about death, which makes human mourning unique. Here I put this capacity into focus and relate it to the social-normative aspect of human mourning that seems to be missing in other animals.

Author Biography

Matteo Colombo does research on evidence and explanation in the cognitive and brain sciences, and how resources from the cognitive and brain sciences can help us address philosophical puzzles about the mind and moral behaviour. http://mteocolphi.wordpress.com