persons as animals


Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought

6th - 7th July 2016

Weetwood Hall, Leeds (

Register Early: Early Bird  Registration until 6th May 2016, after which a late fee is applicable

Conference Programme

Abstracts for all talks now available: please click here.

 Wednesday 6th July

09:00 – 10:10 (Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis):  ‘Social Interactions in Non-Human and Human Animals

Coffee break

10:35 – 11:45 Léa Salje (University of Leeds): ‘Talking Our Way to Systematicity’

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:10 Rory Madden (University College, London): ‘Animal Self-Awareness’

Lunch break

14:30 – 15:40 Ali Boyle (University of Cambridge): ‘Mapping the Minds of Others’

Coffee break

16:10 – 17:00 Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo): ‘The Human Value of the Zoo: What do people get from being close to Zoo Animals?’ 

Thursday 7th July

09:00 – 10:10 Helen Steward (University of Leeds): ‘Dis-contented Animals’ 

Coffee break

10:35 – 11:45 Denis Buehler (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): ‘Guidance of Visual Attention: Animal Origins of Human Agency’ 

Coffee break

12:00 – 13:10 Matthew Ratcliffe (University of Vienna): Animal Certainty

Lunch break

14:30 – 15:40 Filip Mattens (University of Leuven): ‘Touchy Animals: From the Skin We’re in to Human Dexterity’

Coffee break

16:10 – 17:20 Naomi Eilan: (University of Warwick): ‘On Being with Other Animals

You can now register for this conference, and book accommodation and the conference dinner here:

Please direct any enquiries about the conference to Léa Salje at

Past events

  • 'Morgan’s Canon: Animal Psychology in the 20th Century and Beyond': Oxford Philosophical Concepts: Animals Workshop, Kings College, London, March 7th 2015.
  • ‘What is Determinism?’: Real Possibilities, Indeterminism and Free Will’ conference, University of Konstanz, 19th March 2015. 
  • 'Conceptions of Free Will: the Mental, the Mechanical and the Animal': Prof. Steward’s Inaugural Lecture, Nathan Bodington Chamber, University of Leeds, 16th April 2015. Watch this lecture here:
  • Touching Experiences': The Ontology of Conscious Experience’ workshop, University of Leeds, 8th-9th July 2015.
  • 'What is a Continuant?': Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Warwick, 10th-12th July 2015.
  • Joint Symposium, Bryn Mawr and Haverford College, 1st-2nd October 2015.