Ethical theories and the animal issue: between science and philosophy

June 16, 2016 - June 17, 2016
Department of philosophy, University of Milan

via Festa del Perdono 7
Milano 20122

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  • Animals&Society Institute
  • Humane Society


Robert Lurz
Brooklyn College, CUNY
Mark Rowlands
University of Miami


Gianfranco Mormino
Emanuela Prato Previde
Alessandro Zucchi

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The animal issue, or the question whether humans have moral obligations toward animals, has been debated from the point of view of different ethical theories (utilitarianism, contractarianism, virtue ethics, etc.) and, more recently, from the point of view of the theory of justice. How are these different perspectives related? Are there shared moral principles these theories arrive at concerning our obligations toward animals? Are some theories better equipped than others to deal with this issue? And does recent scientific knowledge gathered in the general area of ethology and comparative cognition bring new evidence bearing on moral issues concerning human-animal relationship? The conference will bring together scholars from different areas interested in focusing on these questions.

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