Being conscious of Marc Bekoff: Thinking of animal self-consciousness

Zygon 38 (2):247-256 (2003)

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Gregory Peterson
South Dakota State University
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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
Keywords Animal  Religion  Rights  Self-consciousness  Theology  Bekoff, M
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DOI 10.1111/1467-9744.00498
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