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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