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 September 2019, she will begin a Lise Meitner project on 'Animals and the Concept of Death.'

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Main fields of research

  • Animal morality
  • Animal cognition and behaviour
  • Normative animal ethics
  • Applied animal ethics


WS 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018:

  • Practical Course on Ethics and Human-Animal Studies

SS 2017, 2019:

  • Current Debates in Applied Animal Ethics
  • Philosophy Journal Club



Book chapters:

  • Andrews, K. & Monsó, S. (Forthcoming): 'Animal moral psychologies' in Doris, J. & Vargas, M. (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rowlands, M. & Monsó, S. (2017): ‘Animals as reflexive thinkers: the aponoian paradigm’ 8 in Kalof, L. (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, pp: 319-343. New York: Oxford University Press.

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