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New Frontiers in Ethics

New Frontiers in Ethics
15 Devonshire Place, Rm. 200
Time: Apr 25th, 12:00 pm End: Apr 26th, 4:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Law, Faculty of , Indigenous, Food Studies, Ethics, Environment
Graduate Conference of the Centre for Ethics

The Centre for Ethics is pleased to present the 2014 Graduate Conference


25--26 April 2014

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Registration is required.  To register, click HERE.  As of 23 April, registration is full, but you may add your name to the waitlist by using this link.
25 April, 5:00--7:00 pm, Emmanuel College, Rm. 001

Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka

Animals and the Promise of Citizenship

Responses from:

  • Stefan Dolgert, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brock University
  • Camille Labchuk, Animal Right Lawyer and Advocate, Animal Justice Canada
  • Ayelet Shachar, Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism and Professor of Law, Political Science and Global Affairs, University of Toronto

The Keynote Presentation is funded by the Dean's Student Initiative Fund and the Faculty of Arts and Science.  Documentary filmmaker Marc Pierschel will be recording the keynote proceedings for his upcoming film about human-animal relationships.


Friday 25 April

12:00--1:30 pm  This Land was Made for You and Me: Bodies and the Natural Environment

Chair: Kyumin Ju, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Attila Atander, Western University: “Kant and Hegel on Our Duties to Preserve the Living Body and the Natural Environment as Loci of External Freedom”
Seon Tyrell, York University: “The Silent City - Towards Regenerating Cemeteries in Toronto”
Sydney Faught, University at Albany: “A Second Honeymoon: Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics”
Discussant: Angela Fernandez, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toronto and Coordinator of the Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group, "Animals in the Law and Humanities"
2:00--4:00 pm  Blurred Lines - the Ethical (In)Significance of Species Membership and Cognitive Capacities

2:00-4:00 pm   Blurred Lines -the Ethical (In)Significance of Species Membership and Cognitive Capacities

Chair: Dan Hooley, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Travis Timmerman, Syracuse University: “A New Argument Against Speciesism”
Darren Chang, UBC Animal Welfare Program: “From Creating Space to Building Solidarity with Laboratory Rats”
Benjamin Davies, King’s College London (UK): “Species Exclusivism and Cognitive Disability”
Alexandra Peabody, New School: “Rejecting Hierarchy: Aristotle, Cognitive Disability, and the Exclusionary Force of Compulsory Rationality"
Discussant: Stefan Dolgert, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Brock University

Saturday 26 April

10:30-12:00 pm   Living and Dying Well - on Embodiment, Eudaimonia, Personhood and Perversity
Chair: Sean Hillman, Department for the Study of Religion (with collaboration in Bioethics and South Asian Studies), University of Toronto
John Brennan, New School: “Recognizing Moral Bodies”
Duane Long Jr., UT Austin: “A Defense of the Ethical Status of Sadomasochism”
Jessica Adkins, Marquette University: “Finding the Good in Dying: Defending Physician Assisted Death of the Akratic Agent”
Discussant: Donald Ainslie, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
12:30-2:00 pm Considering the Other - Ethical Communities of Flesh, Ecology and Suffering
Chair: Alison Colpitts, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Jonathan Singer, DePaul University: "The Flesh of My Flesh: Animality, Difference, and 'Radical Community' in Merleau-Ponty's Late Philosophy"
Oli Stephano, SUNY Stony Brook: “Non-Allergic Relations: Thinking Ecology with Levinas and Derrida”
Julian Jonker, UC Berkeley: “A Confucian Account of Animal Suffering”
Discussant: Oisín Keohane, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Jackman Humanities Institute and Department of Philosophy
2:30-4:00  It’s a Sabotage - Terrorism, Civil Disobedience and Revolution in the Face of Global Injustice
Chair: Igor Shoikhedbrod, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Tayler Staneff, Brock University: “Animal Exploitation: Reform or Revolution?”
Jake Earl, Georgetown: “Global Justice and the Prince of Thieves”
Elliot Trapp, New School: “An Arendtian Interpretation of Environmental Liberation”
Discussant: Tom Malleson, Assistant Professor of Social Justice and Peace Studies, King's (Western University)

For updates follow @Frontiers2014 on Twitter


  • Centre for Ethics
  • Jackman Humanities Institute Working Group on Animals in the Law and Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Graduate Association of Students in Political Science (GASPS)

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