Persons as Animals conference @ Leeds

Online registration is now open for the Persons as Animals conference at Leeds, 6th-7th July 2016. Please visit our online store here to register, to see onsite accommodation options at Weetwood Hall, and to book your place at the conference dinner.

Please note that early bird registration rates apply until 6th May, after which a late fee will be charged.


Conference details

This is the closing conference of the AHRC-funded project entitled ‘Persons as Animals: Understanding the Animal Bases of Agency, Perceptual Knowledge and Thought’, a project that aims to investigate ways in which a proper understanding of human beings as animals might help in resolving a range of philosophical problems which have traditionally been considered with little or no reference to our animal nature – in particular, the free will problem, epistemological scepticism about the external world, and the question of meaning. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the new ‘Islands project’ at Chester Zoo.

The following speakers have been confirmed:

(Keynote) Shaun Gallagher (University of Memphis)

Naomi Eilan (University of Warwick)

Ali Boyle (Cambridge University)

Denis Buehler (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Rory Madden (University College, London)

Filip Mattens (University of Leuven)

Andrew Moss (Chester Zoo)

Matthew Ratcliffe (University of Vienna)

Léa Salje (University of Leeds)

Helen Steward (University of Leeds)


Please direct any enquiries to Léa Salje at l.c.salje.

For further information about the Persons as Animals project at Leeds, please visit our website at