The Animal Question in Ethics and Politics

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Animals, Ethics, Politics

Spring 2020

Taught By: Alice Crary

Section: A

CRN: 6799

Credits: 4

Relationships between humans, non-human animals and the rest of nature raise fundamental questions for moral and political thought. These questions, long sidelined by moral philosophers and political theorists, are today increasingly recognized as important and urgent. This course offers a tour of this intellectual terrain. The course has two main emphases. The first is examining the representations of animal life in mainstream animal rights theory, as well as in the work of various dissenters, and using this intellectual corpus as a reference point for asking how humans and animals should enter moral thought. The second is investigating how attention to (or neglect of) non-human animals and to nature more generally is reflected in contemporary political theory. In addressing both ethical and political questions, we will refer to significant real world cases. Our goal in doing so will be to bring our theoretical readings to life, assessing them by bringing them to bear on experience. Course materials will be drawn from literary, philosophical and historical works, blogs, newspapers and works of political theory and documentary films.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*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: 2:51am 3/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

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