Animal Crisis

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Animal Crisis

Fall 2022

Taught By: Alice Crary

Section: A

CRN: 14228

Credits: 3

It is urgently necessary to change the conversation about animal ethics. That thesis guides this seminar’s wide-ranging exploration of the animal question in ethics. Starting with an introduction to the discipline’s mainstream, we will ask about the limitations and costs of treating animal ethics as an isolated area of study, and we will explore the possibility of making it more world-oriented and politically relevant by reconceiving it as a distinctive critical theory, specifically, one with ties to ecofeminism, theories of racial capitalism, ecological Marxism, theories of social reproduction and Indigenous thought. We will consistently foreground questions about the actual treatment of animals with an eye to addressing these questions’ importance, in the midst of an unfolding environmental catastrophe, at a time when it is undeniable that the human use and devastation of animals, and their habitats, represent a threat to the continued existence not only of animals but of human beings, and of a living earth. Seminar materials will be interdisciplinary, emphasizing work in ethics and social philosophy and also including not only work in ethology, social theory, history, journalism but also literature and (narrative and documentary) film. We will read authors such as Theodor Adorno, Joshua Bennett, Bénédicte Boisseron, Cora Diamond, John Bellamy Foster, Lori Gruen, Max Horkheimer, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Claire Jean Kim, Aph Ko, Syl Ko, Christine Korsgaard, Jeff McMahan, Carolyn Merchant, Jennifer Morgan, Johanna Oksala, Val Plumwood, Cedric Robinson, Peter Singer, and Kyle Powys Whyte.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:12am EST 11/26/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1107

Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022