Spring Symposium 2012: A Closer Look
In March, prominent scholars in the fields of animal ethics and animal law converged from across the nation at UT’s Baker Center for a well-attended symposium on animals, ethics, and law.
The symposium was an intense series of formal presentations, punctuated by informal interdisciplinary discussions on the moral and legal status of animals, the conceptions of which are rapidly changing. Primary speakers were Colin Allen (Indiana Philosophy and Cognitive Science), Taimie Bryant (UCLA Law), David DeGrazia (George Washington University Philosophy), David Favre (Michigan State Law), Rebecca Huss (Valparaiso Law), Clare Palmer (Texas A&M Philosophy), and Nick Robinson (Pace Law, Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies).
A strong interdisciplinary group of commentators from UT and neighboring institutions provided counterpoint and dialog. Attendees included many veterinarians, animal welfare workers, and attorneys, as well as students and members of the UT academic community.
Joined with the symposium was the combined philosophy and law course Animals, Ethics and Law, co-taught by Joan Heminway (College of Law) and John Nolt (Department of Philosophy).
Selected papers from the symposium will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Between the Species.