Animals, Humans, and Ethics

March 8, 2007 :: Dr. Michael Stingl
Moderated by Susan Lingle

Animals are capable of suffering, and some of them appear to be concerned about the suffering of others. Severely impaired humans are incapable of doing either. Why do we feel justified in treating animals in ways we would not treat humans? In particular, why is it almost always wrong to kill humans, but almost never wrong to kill animals? As species lines blur through genetic engineering, what, if anything, makes some species morally special?

Speaker: Dr. Michael Stingl, Department of Philosphy, University of Lethbridge

Michael Stingl began teaching at University of Lethbridge in 1989. He is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department and Editorial Board Coordinator of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. His research interests in Ethical Philosophy encompass a range of issues including evolution and ethics, the just distribution of healthcare services and the lines of ethical distinction between human and non-human animals.

Moderator: Susan Lingle

Location: Sven Ericksen’s Family Restaurant (lower level)
1715 Mayor Magrath Drive S., Lethbridge, Alberta

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. / Cost: $8.00 includes lunch

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