Other activities

Dec
17
Tue
Visioconférence d’Elena Casetta, Université de Turin – Naturalness as independence: a theoretical framework for nature conservation @ Carrefour des arts et des sciences, salle C-2059
Dec 17 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Visioconférence d'Elena Casetta, Université de Turin - Naturalness as independence: a theoretical framework for nature conservation @ Carrefour des arts et des sciences, salle C-2059

Elena Casetta, Università di Torino – Naturalness as independence: a theoretical framework for nature conservation

Abstract

In common language, we ascribe several significances at the term “nature”. Two are particularly relevant in the context of nature conservation: “nature” as the subject-matter of physics or natural sciences (i.e. “natural” as opposed to “supernatural”); and nature as contrasted with art, craftwork, or culture (i.e. “natural” as opposed to “artificial”). The first meaning does not imply a counter position between human beings and the rest of nature, human beings and the products of their activities are just a part of nature. However, if we place ourselves within a definition of nature, the definition becomes essentially meaningless by extending to everything on Earth. The second meaning, on the contrary, does imply a counter position between human beings and the rest of nature: something is natural if it is independent of our making or if it is untouched by our activities. Yet, if nature is defined by our absence, then, because of the pervasiveness of our species and its activities, there would be simply no nature left to be conserved. Shall we just get rid of “nature” and “natural” from conservational discourse?  I do not think so. I am going to argue that nature conservation seems to require a more dynamic view of the relation between nature and our species. I will sketch such a view and I will consider its possible merits in the light of some examples.

Jan
14
Tue
Groupe de lecture #1 – Shelly Kagan (2019), « How to count animals, more or less » @ Centre de recherche en éthique, salle 309
Jan 14 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Groupe de lecture #1 - Shelly Kagan (2019), « How to count animals, more or less » @ Centre de recherche en éthique, salle 309

Groupe de lecture | Reading group – Shelly Kagan (2019), « How to count animals, more or less », chap. 1 & 2

Résumé | Abstract

Most people agree that animals count morally, but how exactly should we take animals into account? A prominent stance in contemporary ethical discussions is that animals have the same moral status that people do, and so in moral deliberation the similar interests of animals and people should be given the very same consideration. In How to Count Animals, more or less, Shelly Kagan sets out and defends a hierarchical approach in which people count more than animals do and some animals count more than others. For the most part, moral theories have not been developed in such a way as to take account of differences in status. By arguing for a hierarchical account of morality – and exploring what status sensitive principles might look like – Kagan reveals just how much work needs to be done to arrive at an adequate view of our duties toward animals, and of morality more generally.

Feb
18
Tue
Conférence de Stephen D’Arcy, Huron University College @ À venir
Feb 18 @ 16:00 – 17:30
Conférence de Stephen D'Arcy, Huron University College @ À venir

Présentation de Stephen D’Arcy, Huron University College

Détails à venir/More information to come

Jun
2
Tue
Animal rights & the concept of dignity @ À venir
Jun 2 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Confirmed speakers | Conférenciers confirmés :

  • Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University
  • Will Kymlicka, Queen’s University

More information to come | Plus d’informations à venir