Ethical Theory and the Interests of Animals

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Animal Ethics

Spring 2020

Taught By: Alice Crary

Section: A

CRN: 6799

Credits: 4

This course will consist of lecture and discussion on moral theory and the interests of animals. In the first part of the semester, we will study three classical ethical theories—Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism, and Immanuel Kant’s Deontological Ethics—in order to explore different answers to the following questions: What ought I do to be a good person? What makes an action right? Why should I be moral? What sorts of beings have moral worth? In the second half of the semester, we will examine the moral dimensions of our relationship with animals and the moral questions that are raised in virtue of these relationships. Are animals rational? Do we have moral obligations to animals? Is so, what grounds these obligations? How do classical moral theories recognize (or fail to recognize) these obligations? Is it morally permissible to eat animals? To kill animals that are pests? To use animals as a source of entertainment, as in the case of zoos or circus acts? Finally, we will explore the connections between the animal rights movement and other social justice movements: e.g. environmental justice, disability rights movement, women’s rights, etc. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with classical ethical theories and applied ethics issues concerning animals.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 8:11am 9/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am



Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020