Dr. Susana Monsó

Curriculum Vitae

Susana Monsó was born in Madrid in 1988. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Complutense University of Madrid, an MA in Global Ethics and Human Values from King’s College London, and a PhD in Philosophy from the Spanish National Distance Education University (UNED). She has been a post-doc fellow at the University of Graz and is now based at the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies of the Messerli Research Institute.
Monsó is interested in investigating the continuities between the minds of humans and other animals, as well as in exploring the ethical implications of new discoveries in comparative cognition. She is part of the FWF-funded research project 'Morality in Animals: What It Means and Why It Matters" (PI: Judith Benz-Schwarzburg). In 2019, she will begin a Lise Meitner project on 'Animals and the Concept of Death.'

Link to personal website 1


Main fields of research

  • Animal morality
  • Animal cogniton
  • Empathy
  • Animal ethics


WS 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018:

  • Practical Course on Ethics and Human-Animal Studies

SS 2017:

  • Current Debates in Applied Animal Ethics
  • Philosophy Journal Club



Monsó, S., Benz-Schwarzburg, J., & Bremhorst, A. (forthcoming): ‘Animal morality: What it means and why it matters.’ 2 The Journal of Ethics.

Pali-Schöll, I., Binder, R., Moens, Y., Polesny, F., & Monsó, S. (forthcoming): ‘Edible insects – defining knowledge gaps in biological and ethical considerations of entomophagy.’ 3 Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 

Monsó, S. (2017): ‘Morality without mindreading.’ 4 Mind & Language, 32 (3), 338–57.

Monsó, S. (2016): ‘The moral dimension of pre-reflective self-awareness.’ 5 Animal Sentience 2016.121.

Monsó, S. (2015): ‘Empathy and morality in behaviour readers.’ 6 Biology & Philosophy, 30 (5), 671-690.

Book chapters:

Monsó, S. (2018): ‘Why insect sentience might not matter very much’ 7 in Springer, S. & Grimm, H. (eds.): Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, pp: 375–380. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Pali-Schöll, I., Monsó, S., Meinlschmidt, P., Purschke, B., Hofstetter, G., Einhorn, L., Mothes-Luksch, N. Jensen-Jarolim, E., & Jäger, H. (2018): ‘Edible insects in food and feed - far from being well characterized. Step 1: a look at allergenicity and ethical aspects’ 8 in Springer, S. & Grimm, H. (eds.): Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, pp: 520–525. Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

Rowlands, M. & Monsó, S. (2017): ‘Animals as reflexive thinkers: the aponoian paradigm’ 9 in Kalof, L. (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, pp: 319-343. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book reviews:

Monsó, S. (2017). ‘To be rational, or not to be rational—that is the question. Review of Michael Tye’s Tense Bees and Shell-Shocked Crabs: Are Animals Conscious?’ 10 Metascience, 26 (3), 487–491.


Monsó, S. ‘¿Por qué se ríen los animales?’ 11, El Español, 27/5/2016.

Monsó, S. ‘Tierische Intelligenzen’ 12, Springerin 1/2018, pp. 6–7.



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