Special Issue “Human-Animal Interactions: Individuals vs. Ecology”


Special Issue “Human-Animal Interactions: Individuals vs. Ecology”

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section “Human-Animals Interactions, Animal Behaviour and Emotion“.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Leonardo Caffo Website
Guest Editor
Politecnico of Turin, Italy
Interests: Animal philosophy; philosophy of architecture; ontology
Prof. Felice Cimatti Website
Guest Editor
Università della Calabria
Interests: Animal Philosophy; ontology; ecology; posthuman

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The “animal question” is, from the beginning, a metaphysical and not just an ethical question. The aim of this Special Issue is to present recent research and reviews on the implications of the differences of an ontological approach based on the classification of individuals compared to one based on the classes of individuals (ecology). At the cutting edge of philosophical literature, three conceptual issues need to be addressed: (1) Is the notion of “life form” an individual or collective entity? (2) Are the ecological approach and the individualistic approach compatible or in contradiction? (3) How do human–animal interactions change if one chooses the first or second background?

Original manuscripts that address any aspects of the metaphysical and ontological assumptions of the animal question are invited for this Special Issue. In particular, papers that consider ethics consequent to ontological choice, ecology as a metaphysical question, “Compatibilism” between individuals and ecology, and the “posthuman” as an integrative approach between animal ethics and ecology.

Dr. Leonardo Caffo
Prof. Felice Cimatti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • human–animal interactions
  • animal–human interactions
  • ecology
  • animal ethics
  • biodiversity
  • environmental studies
  • welfare
  • postethics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.


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