Irina Mikhalevich and Russell Powell, Minds without spines: Evolutionarily inclusive animal ethics


I commend Mikhalevich & Powell for extending the discussion of cognition and its relation to moral status with their well researched and argued target article on invertebrate cognition. I have two small criticisms: that the scala naturae still retains its appeal to some in biology as well as psychology, and that drawing the line at invertebrates requires a bit more defense given the larger comparative cognitive-scientific context.

Author Biography

Carrie Figdor, Professor of Philosophy, University of Iowa does research on theoretical issues in the foundations of psychology. She is the author of Pieces of mind: The proper domain of psychological predicates by Oxford University Press (2018). Website