Nicolas Delon

Philosophy, Animals, Environment

I work in ethics, and focus on connections between value theory and moral status, animals and the environment. I have interests in metaethics, experimental philosophy, psychology, and how they bear on the descriptive and normative aspects of our relations to other entities. My research and teaching interests also include environmental studies, animal cognition, legal, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of death, Wittgenstein, and Nietzsche. I am currently working on a book project on the relational structure of the community of persons, including nonhuman animals.

Drafts and penultimate versions of many papers can be found on my Academia, ResearchGate, and PhilPapers profiles. Email me for papers you can't download.


  1. Strangers to ourselves: A Nietzschean challenge to the badness of suffering. Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming) [accepted manuscript]
  2. Animal capabilities and freedom in the city. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (forthcoming) [accepted manuscript]
  3. Pervasive captivity and urban wildlife, Ethics, Policy & Environment (forthcoming) [eprint]
  4. Valuing humane lives in two-level utilitarianism, Utilitas (2020) [eprint]
  5. Le problème de la souffrance chez Nietzsche et Parfit, Klêsis (2019) [open access]
  6. Social norms and farm animal protection, Palgrave Communications (2018) [open access]
  7. Animal agency, captivity and meaning, Harvard Review of Philosophy (2018) [link]
  8. Wild animal suffering is intractable (with Duncan Purves), Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics (2018) [link]
  9. Meaning in the lives of humans and other animals (with Duncan Purves), Philosophical Studies (2018) [link]
  10. L'animal d'élevage compagnon de travail: l'éthique des fables alimentaires, Revue française d'éthique appliquée (2017) [link]
  11. Un Singer peut-il en remplacer un autre ?, Klêsis (2016) [link]
  12. Etudes animales : une perspective transatlantique, Tracés : Revue de Sciences Humaines (2015) [link]
  13. La mort : un mal non nécessaire, surtout pour les animaux heureux !, Revue semestrielle de droit animalier (2014) [link]
  14. Moral status, final value, and extrinsic properties, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (2014) [link]
  15. Pour une éthique animale descriptive, Klêsis (2013) [link]

Replies and Commentaries

  1. Consider the agent in the arthropod (w/ P. Cook. G. Bauer & H. Harley) (re Mikhalevich and Powell 2020), Animal Sentience (2020) [open access]
  2. Beyond the personhood paradigm (re Thompson, Supporting Ape Rights), ASEBL Journal (2019) [open access]
  3. Setting the bar higher (re Neuhaus & Parent, Gene Doping – in Animals?), Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2019) [final draft] [link]
  4. The values behind calculating the value of trophy hunting (with Jennifer Jacquet) (re Naidoo et al, 2016), Conservation Biology (2016) [link]


  1. Statut moral et vulnérabilité animale (forthcoming) [penultimate draft] (Edited volume on animals and vulnerability)
  2. The meaning of animal labour, Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?, C. Blattner, K. Coulter, W. Kymlicka, eds. Oxford University Press (2020) [penultimate draft]
  3. The Replaceability Argument in the ethics of animal husbandry, Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, D. Kaplan & P. B. Thompson. eds. 2nd ed., Springer (2016) [link]
  4. L'éthique animale en contexte, Recherches sur la philosophie et le langage, M. Jouan & J.-Y. Goffi eds., Vrin (2016)
  5. La sensibilité en éthique animale, entre faits et valeurs, Sensibilités animales - Perspectives juridiques, R. Bismuth & F. Marchadier eds., CNRS (2015)
  6. Against moral intrinsicalism, Animal Ethics and Philosophy: Questioning the Orthodoxy, E. Aaltola & J. Hadley eds., Rowman & Littlefield (2015)
  7. Handicap et animaux, Tous vulnérables ? Le care, les animaux et l'environnement, S. Laugier ed., Payot-Rivages (2012)

Scientific report

  • Animal Consciousness (P. Le Neindre, E. Bernard, A. Boissy, X. Boivin, L. Calandreau, N. Delon, B. Deputte, S. Desmoulin-Canselier, M. Dunier, N. Faivre, M. Giurfa, JL Guichet, L Lansade, R. Larrère, P. Mormède, P. Prunet, B. Schaal, J. Servière, & C. Terlouw), EFSA Supporting Publication (2017) [open access]

Popular audience

  1. Scarlet letters: Meat, Normality, and the Power of Shame, Books & Ideas (2019) [link]
  2. Les cartographies de l'éthique animale, S'engager pour les animaux, F. Carrié & C. Traïni. eds. PUF (2019) [final draft]
  3. Une théorie morale peut-elle être cognitivement trop exigeante ?, Implications Philosophiques (2015) [link]

Work in Progress (titles changed)

Drafts available / feedback appreciated – just email me

  1. Persons and moral status (under review)
  2. Personhood and communities (under review)
  3. Meaningful lives, complicity, and collective harms (in preparation)

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