Workshop on animal agency and cognition | journée d’étude sur l’agentivité et la cognition animale (online | en ligne)

27 April 2022

Workshop on animal agency and cognition 

Journée d’étude sur l’agentivité et la cognition animale

(online | en ligne)


Organisation  : Francois Jaquet, Université de Strasbourg et Le GRÉEA (Groupe de Recherche en Éthique Environnementale et Animale)

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Long gone are the days when philosophers denied animals any mental life. Animals are no longer thought incapable of understanding—let alone speaking—a language, remembering past events, recognizing themselves in a mirror, using tools or acting deliberately. Over the last decades, researchers in animal cognition have demonstrated the presence of previously unsuspected mental capacities in our non-human cousins.

In this multidisciplinary workshop, the mental life of animals will be approached from the point of view of both philosophy and ethology, by representatives of both disciplines. Topics will include the concept of death in predators, the importance of agency for animal cognition research, the relevance of assent to interspecies justice, and the relationship between animal cultures and animal welfare.


PROGRAM du 27 Avril

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 

15h00 – 15h10     Welcome

15h10 – 15h55     Susana Monsó (National Distance Education University), “Playing Possum: Animal Thanatosis and the Concept of Death”

15h55 – 16h40     Cédric Sueur (Université de Strasbourg) & Marie Pelé (Université catholique de Lille), “Animal Agency Can Accelerate Behavioural and Neuroscience Research”

16h40 – 17h00     Break

17h00 – 17h45     Angie Pepper (University of Roehampton) & Richard Healey (University College London), “When Assent is Not Enough – Animal Agency and Just Interspecies Relations”

17h45 – 18h30     Kristin Andrews (York University), “Why Animal Culture Matters for Animal Welfare”