November 4, 2021

Nonhuman Personhood: Scientific Evidence v Cognitive Biases


In this presentation, Lori Marino will discuss the concept of nonhuman personhood from a philosophical and legal perspective focusing on the extensive scientific evidence that shows many animals meet the definition of personhood used in the law to protect human beings. She will also discuss the ways human cognitive biases and psychological defense mechanisms prevent nonhuman personhood from being accepted both legally and philosophically and why this concept is important for recognizing the independent rights of other animals beyond welfare.


Lori Marino