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Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition
Start Date: 3/14/2013Start Time: 3:15 PM
End Date: 3/14/2013End Time: 4:45 PM

Event Description
This talk introduces various conceptions of personhood, including the idea that a person is one who has a biographical sense of self and a robust, conscious sense of his or her own past and future. It examines recent empirical research related to deciding the question of which non-human animals, if any, qualify as persons or at least near-persons. The talk concludes by exploring possible implications of these ideas for various human uses of animals, including for food.
Professor Gary Varner is Head of the Philosophy Department at Texas A&M University and specializes in environmental and animal ethics, utilitarianism, and environmental law.
Location Information:
Main Campus - Addlestone Library  (View Map)
205 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 953-5530
Room: Room 227
Contact Information:
Name: Ned Hettinger
Phone: 953-5786
Email: hettingern@cofc.edu
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