Bernard Rollin

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Bernard E. Rollin
Born 1943
Nationality American
Education B.A. in philosophy
City College of New York
Ph.D. in philosophy (1972)
Columbia University
Occupation Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Animal Sciences
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University
Known for Animal rights advocacy, philosophy of consciousness
Website Homepage
Colorado State University

Bernard E. Rollin (born 1943) is an American philosopher, currently professor of philosophy, animal sciences, and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University.[1]

Rollin specializes in animal rights and the philosophy of consciousness, and is the author of a number of influential books in the field, including Animal Rights and Human Morality (1981), The Unheeded Cry: Animal Consciousness, Animal Pain and Scientific Change (1988), Farm Animal Welfare (1995), and Science and Ethics (2006). He is also co-editor of the two-volume, The Experimental Animal in Biomedical Research (1989 and 1995). He published his memoir in 2011, Putting the Horse Before Descartes.[1]

He was prominently featured in the film about speciesism, The Superior Human?, in which he analyzes the ideology of René Descartes to help show that animals can think and feel.[2]

Rollin is a member of the Scientific Expert Advisory Council (SEAC), for Australian animal welfare group Voiceless, the animal protection institute. SEAC is a group of academics from around the world who assist Voiceless in the production of quality research and publications which expose legalised animal cruelty and inform public debate.[3]


  • Natural and conventional meaning: An examination of the distinction. Mouton. 1976. ISBN 90-279-3274-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Animal Rights & Human Morality. Prometheus Books. 1981. ISBN 1-59102-421-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Teaching of Responsibility. Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW). 1983. ISBN 0-900767-33-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • with M. Lynne Kesel (eds.). The Experimental Animal in Biomedical Research: A Survey of Scientific and Ethical Issues for Investigators, Volume I. CRC Press (1989). ISBN 0-8493-4981-8
  • Farm Animal Welfare: School, Bioethical, and Research Issues. Iowa State Press. 1995. ISBN 0-8138-2563-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Frankenstein Syndrome: Ethical and Social Issues in the Genetic Engineering of Animals. Cambridge University Press. 1995. ISBN 0-521-47807-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Unheeded Cry (1 ed.). Wiley. 1999. ISBN 0-8138-2575-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • with David W. Ramey. Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine Considered. Wiley-Blackwell (2003). ISBN 0-8138-2616-0.
  • with G. John Benson. The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions. Wiley-Blackwell (2003). ISBN 0-8138-0473-6
  • Science and Ethics. Cambridge University Press. 2006. ISBN 0-521-67418-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • An Introduction to Veterinary Medical Ethics: Theory And Cases, Second Edition (2 ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. 2006. ISBN 0-8138-0399-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Putting the Horse before Descartes: My Life's Work on Behalf of Animals . Temple University Press (2011). ISBN 978-1592138258


  1. 1.0 1.1 B.E. Rollin, Department of Philosophy, Colorado State University.
  2. "The Superior Human?", official website.
  3. "Voiceless, the animal protection institute".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>