Saturday, February 10, 2018

Assignment #3: Eating Animals

1. Read: Chapter 3, Gruen.
Supplemental: Francione, "Veganism as a Moral Imperative."
McMahon, "Eating Animals the Nice Way."

Q: Is veganism a moral imperative?

Due: Monday, February 26

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Assignment #2: Natural/Normative

1. Read: Chapter 2, "The Natural and the Normative."


(defending speciesism) https://speakingofresearch.com/2014/03/20/speciesism-is-unavoidable/

You may also want to read up on the "is-ought gap," (google it; or read the debate in T12:
http://thesisxii.blogspot.com/2016/05/volume-221_15.html and Falyn's response in the current issue.)

Here's a thoughtful piece on Kantian indirect duties and the animal issue from the Animal Liberation Front:
http://animalliberationfront.com/Philosophy/The%20Failure%20of%20the%20Kantian%20Theory.htm

Q: How are the natural and the normative related?

Due: Friday the 9th.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Assignment #1: Why Animals Matter

1. Read the syllabus and related handouts; bring questions to class on Friday.

2. Begin reading from our text: Gruen, Chapter 1, "Why Animals Matter."  (I heard from one of you -- thanks, Tessa -- that the book has yet to arrive in the bookstore.  Hopefully, it will be there by Friday.)

Supplemental: Gruen "The Moral Status of Animals." SEP.
Bekoff.  (Brief Psychology Today article on animal emotions and capacities.)

3. Q&A #1:  Is Gruen right to claim that human exceptionalism, as an ethical position, is untenable?

Due: Monday.