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Philosophy @ the Movies: Dominion

October 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dominion: What, if anything, do humans owe to other animals?

A common and often unquestioned belief in our society is that humans have dominion over other animals. This belief is not unproblematic, as it arguably underlies the widespread mistreatment and exploitation of animals in the meat, dairy, egg, clothing, and entertainment industries, which is exposed in the 2018 documentary “Dominion.” This film encourages viewers to reevaluate our relationships with other animals, and to consider whether we can exercise dominion in a way that respects all animals: human and nonhuman. Following the movie screening, philosophy doctoral students Cheryl Abbate and Sam Wakil will lead a discussion that draws attention to different philosophical approaches to animal ethics. We will consider both the reasons  for critically re-evaluating humanity’s treatment of our fellow earthlings and the reasons in support of the current status quo.

This event is free and open to all students; refreshments will be provided!


October 4, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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C.E. Abbate