Being Conscious of Marc Bekoff: Thinking of Animal Self-Consciousness
The preceding article by Marc Bekoff reveals much about our current understanding of animal self-consciousness and its implications. It also reveals how much more there is to be said and considered. This response briefly examines animal self-consciousness from scientific, moral, and theological perspectives. As Bekoff emphasizes, self-consciousness is not one thing but many. Consequently, our moral relationship to animals is not simply one based on a graded hierarchy of abilities. Furthermore, the complexity of animal self-awareness can serve as stimulus for thinking about issues of theodicy and soteriology in a broader sense.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at South Dakota State University. email@example.com.
Publication date: June 1, 2003