Commentary Type

Open Commentary


David M. Peña-Guzmán, Can nonhuman animals commit suicide?


I fully support the continuum proposed in the target article and argue along the same lines that we should be suspicious of drawing any strict borders between human and non-human animals. Since we can say very little with absolute certainty about human intentions regarding suicide, we have no certainty about the intentions of non-human animals. Although I am very sympathetic to Peña-Guzmán’s overall argument, I suggest that time could be taken into consideration as well.

Author Biography

Gerard Kuperus is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco. His research is on philosophy of nature from a continental perspective, with special attention to the topic of place.