Mr Pablo Perez Castello

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Personal profile

I am a PhD candidate at the School of Humanities, Royal Holloway (University of London). My thesis in Philosophy focuses on understanding the importance of human language in producing human dominion over animals. More concretely, I study the influence language has in framing humans' perception of animals in spaces such as factory farms, and the way language shapes the ethics and politics of animal law and ethology. 

My research also investigates a dimension of language that, I contends, is shared between humans and animals. My argument is that non-human animals can participate in political decision-making processes because they have this shared language, which leads me to explore the role these philosophical insights can play in building zoodemocratic systems.

Funded by the School of Humanities, Royal Holloway University of London

Other research 

Visiting Researcher at St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, and at the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law (2020-2021). Research project: Legal Animalhood: The Constitutional Recognition of Wild Animals in Australia (see lecture here)

As a researcher at Cambridge, I studied how the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia should change in light of the argument advanced by Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka that wild animals should have a right to self-determination.

Funded by the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law

Publications

Castello, P. P. & Avila, F. J. (2021). 'Conservation After Sovereignty: Deconstructing Australian Policies Against Horses with a Plea and Proposal.' Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy [forthcoming] (peer-reviewed)

Castello, P. P. (2022). 'The erasures of Peter Singer’s theory, and the ethical need to consider animals as irreducible others.' Philosophy Today66(1) [forthcoming] (peer-reviewed).

Castello, P. P. (under review). 'With Haraway and Beyond: Towards an Ecofeminist Veganism.' Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy.

Castello, P. P. (2020). 'How Language Influences Perception of animals and the Law that Follows.' Advocates for Animals

Castello, P. P. (2021). 'Sentient Rights V. Animal Rights: Advantages and Disadvantages.' A-Law: UK Centre for Animal Law.

Affiliations

Junior Fellow of the Think Tank on Animals & Biodiversity, Global Research Network

Member of the Centre for Continental Philosophy, Royal Holloway University of London

Teaching

Fromer Teaching Assitant in Ancient Philosophy, BA in Philosophy, Department of Politics, International Relations & Philosophy (2019-2020)

Former MA Lecturer in the Political Philosophy MA module 'European Trajectories' (2019-2020). 

Research interests

Critical Animal Studies; Language; Continental Philosophy; Animal Ethics; Animal Law; Critical Race Theory; Conservation; Ecofeminism; Post-Colonial Theory; Critical Disability Studies

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