The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series.

The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series.
Date
24 January 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Speaker

Jeff McMahan (Oxford)

Can Our Eating Animals Be Good For Them?

Leslie Stephen once wrote that “The pig has a stronger interest than anyone in the demand for bacon. If all the world were Jewish, there would be no pigs at all.”  In recent debates about the ethics of eating animals, some have advanced the related claim that if people cause animals to exist and give them good lives in order to be able to eat them, then even if the animals are killed prematurely, the practice is permissible because it is good for the animals overall, as well as being good for the human beings who eat them.  This argument raises deep issues in ethical theory – issues about rights, issues in population ethics, and so on – which I will explore in detail in the talk.

The Institute of Philosophy hosts regular seminars on the Practical, the political, the ethical aspects of philosophy. The forum generally meets fortnightly in term time.


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