Animal Normativity - Online Workshop
Laura Danon (National University of Cordoba)
Giuseppe Lorini (University of Cagliari)
Kristin Andrews (York University)
Jonathan Birch (LSE, London)
Rahel Brugger (University of Zurich)
Frans de Waal (Emory University)
Hannah Ginsborg (UC, Berkeley)
Carel van Schaik (University of Zurich)
In the twentieth century, various thinkers (R. S. Peters, W. Sellars, F. A. von Hayek, R. Nozick, and J. R. Searle) sketched a new image of humankind: the human being as a rule-following animal. According to this picture, a human being is not only a social animal or a teleological animal, but it is also a “nomic animal”, an animal that can act in light of rules.
But are humans the only animals capable of acting in light of rules? Or are there non-human animals that also have some sensitivity to normative phenomena? These questions open up new directions of research in the ethological and philosophical fields inviting us to look at normativity from a new perspective.
The Animal Normativity Online Workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform to discuss different recent empirical and philosophical approaches to the problem of normativity in humans and non-human animals. The conference will bring together leading researchers working on the evolution of normativity, primitive varieties of normativity, normative behavior and cognition in non-human animals, differences between animal and human normativity, etc.