Gary Varner: 'Pets, Companion Animals and Domesticated Partners: Ethics and Animal Companions'

2017-05-02 by

Pets, Companion Animals, and Domesticated Partners: Ethics and Animal Companions

Gary Varner is the author of Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in Hare’s Two-Level Utilitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2012). In this presentation, he introduced stipulative definitions of terms “companion animal,” “domesticated partners” and “mere pet.” He will argue that the institution of pet-keeping is justifiable, but that the justification is stronger for companion animals than for mere pets, and that it is stronger for domesticated partners.

Gary Varner is a professor at Texas A&M University. His research interests include environmental ethics, philosophical questions related to animal rights and animal welfare, and R. M. Hare’s two-level utilitarianism.

Hosted by the UAA Department of Philosophy. For more information about this event, please contact professor Raymond Anthony at rxanthony@alaska.edu.



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The Growing Nationalist Populism: Its Impact on the British “Brexit” Vote and on European and Global Politics

2017-04-20 by

Mr. Persson discusses how and why British and other voters in Europe and globally have been affected by ideas and opinions which, for the most part, contradict liberal and Western values strenuously upheld and cherished during and after the Cold War, political ideas which clearly resemble those that brought Europe to disaster twice during the twentieth century. The traditional role and fundamental value of the United States in upholding and defending those values, and in creating the most successful peace project ever, the European Union, will also be discussed.



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'Author Meets Critics' with Professor Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University

2017-04-18 by News, Sports, and Art

UAA Environmental Ethics student panelists Samuel Rice, Ben Mock, Molly Fenton, Nathan Burns and Angelina Klapperich host an evening with Professor Paul B. Thompson, author of From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone (Oxford University Press, 2015; North American Society for Social Philosophy 2015 Book Award Winner). Professor Thompson has been writing and researching food issues for more than 30 years, advising the food industry internationally and studying food from an ethical perspective. His text is the first comprehensive study to explore interconnections hidden deep within the wide range of ethical issues related to the production and consumption of food.

For more information, please contact Professor Raymond Anthony at rxanthony@alaska.edu.



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Daniel Mahoney presents ‘Judging Communism and All Its Works: Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago Reconsidered’

2017-04-13 by

Daniel J. Mahoney is Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College, where he has taught since 1986. An expert on statesmanship, French political philosophy and anti-totalitarian thought, his books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992), De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (1996), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology (2001), The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order (2011) and The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth About a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker (2014).

Professor Mahoney explores Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, at once a great literary work and an unparalleled witness to the totalitarian ravages of the bodies and souls of human beings. This remarkably capacious book includes historical discussions, personal reminiscences of Solzhenitsyn’s time in the Soviet camps, political reflections and philosophical meditations. At its heart is an epic poem in which Solzhenitsyn recovers the great and enduring drama of good and evil in the human soul. In Russia, the availability of The Gulag Archipelago, which is required reading in abridged form in Russian high schools, provides hope that the terrible tragedies of the past will not be repeated. In the West, it remains an indispensable warning against the totalitarian temptation.



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UAS Professor Emeritus Clive Thomas cutting Alaska’s budget

2016-09-29 by News, Sports, and Art

Guest lecturer Clive Thomas will present “The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

A common demand by many Alaskans and some first-time candidates for state office is that the state budget needs to be cut, largely because of wasted money and inefficiencies. This presentation shows that, contrary to common belief, while budgets can be cut in the short term, as they were in the 2016 legislative session, the trend in the long term is for larger budgets. This explanation is based on the realities of what makes up the state budget, constituent pressure on politicians, and the lack of an organized and sustained political force promoting long-term budget reductions.

Clive Thomas, who taught political science in Juneau for thirty years, is editor of a book just published by the University of Alaska Press, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power. He is now a senior fellow at the Foley Institute of Politics at Washington State University.

This event is part of the William H. Seward Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Department of Political Science. The series features timely and provocative lectures at UAA during the academic year on a range of subjects dealing with current politics, public policy and Alaska. Lectures are free and open to members of the general public.



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