Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Assignment #8: Animals and Literature

1. Read: Donovan, "Tolstoy's Animals."

2. "The Politics of Carol Adams"  (Author, The Sexual Politics of Meat) (see the second article, pp 12-24):


(Donovan is adopting an "animal standpoint theory."  On standpoint theory more generally, see the IEP's discussion:

We won't meet again after Monday.  For your final written assignment, which you can send to me on email anytime this coming week (deadline Friday, May 4), I want to do something different.  Rather than a critical or academic essay, please answer the following two-part question concerning your own life and anticipated choices in any fashion you would like, in a couple of pages or so, making reference to the literature or not:

What are your moral obligations -- if you recognize any -- to nonhuman domesticated animals (such as cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens), and how to you plan to meet them?  (If you do not recognize any, please explain that in some depth.)