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Lecture: “Should we prioritize the welfare of animals over the welfare of people?”

October 14 @ 12:15 pm 1:00 pm

The Springfield College community and the local community are invited to a lecture presented by Robert Gruber, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy, on the question of whether justice requires that we prioritize the welfare of animals over the welfare of people.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021
12:15 p.m.

Harold C. Smith Learning Commons, The Forum (second floor)
Zoom option also is available.

Join the Zoom
https://springfield.zoom.us/j/89370628685
Meeting ID: 893 7062 8685

It is bad that there is so much inequality among people. But the situation may appear even worse once we expand our outlook to include animals. Even a person who has a life barely worth living plausibly has a better life than the life of a mouse or an ant. There is greater inequality between people and animals than there is just among us people. And yet, if animals are typically worse off than people, does that mean that we should prioritize their welfare over the welfare of people?

Gruber’s 30-minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

This event is part of the Literature, Writing, and Journalism and Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium Series.

For questions or more information, please contact Professor Gruber at rgruber@springfield.edu. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Professor Gruber by Friday, Oct. 1 to discuss your accessibility needs.

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