Bligh Somma

Bligh Somma is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Their research focuses on philosophy of the Islamic world in the 8th–14th centuries of the Gregorian calendar and on philosophy of animals, disability, and adoption. They have published on desire, animals and animal ethics, and human-animal difference. 

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Selected publications:

“The Brethren of Purity on Justice for Animals,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, forthcoming

“Faḫr al-Dīn al-Rāzī on Animal Cognition and Immortality,” coauthored with Peter Adamson, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (2022)

“‘What the Swallow Describes and the Hoopoe Reports’: The Riddle of a Shared World in the Iḫwān al-ṣafāʾ” for falsafa. Yearbook for Islamic Philosophy of Religion. Band 4: Surroundings, edited by Ahmad Milad Karimi and Asmaa El Maaroufi, 97–117, Verlag Karl Alber 2022.

“Avicenna on Animal Goods,” Journal of Islamic Ethics 6 (2022): 19–52