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02.11.singer.etc - E ATING RIGHT THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES...

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EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY February 11, 2011 Singer and Fearnley-Whittingstall
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Plan for Today: Admin stuff Singer: “All Animals are Equal” Fearnley-Whittingstall: “Meat and Right” Arguments from consideration of animals’ interests
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Admin Stuff: New short assignment Explain Singer’s conclusion. Distinguish his claim from some possible misreadings. (Exercise in clarifying what the claim is that’s at stake in an argument.) Due Wednesday Feb 16. Theory of short assignments - practice in writing the parts of papers. So in this paper, not necessary to say whether Singer’s *right* - just getting straight on what he’s arguing for. In full length paper, this would happen before launching into discussion of whether he’s right or not.
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Admin Stuff: New extra credit assignment Wallace and Gallistel on animal cognition. Due Friday Feb 18.
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Admin Stuff: Posters You’ll get topics the beginning of next week. So, please put in your any requests with your TA ASAP.
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Micro-Quiz
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Micro-Quiz In “Meat and Right”, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall argues that it is morally impermissible (i.e., not morally okay) to eat meat under any circumstances. A) True B) False
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Singer: All Animals are Equal What we read was a chapter of a longer book. Quite a bit going on. I’ll draw a line through what I take to be a (the?) central thread. Tie it to some other stu we’ve looked at.
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Singer: All Animals are Equal (S1) Certain non-human animals can suffer. Hence, (S2) They have interests. (S3) If they have interests, those interests deserve equal consideration (to the similar interests of humans). Hence, ______________________________ (S4) Certain non-human animals have interests which deserve equal consideration (to the similar interests of humans). Here’s a way of setting up Singer’s core argument.
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Singer: All Animals are Equal (S1) Certain non-human animals can suffer. Hence, (S2) They have interests. (S3) If they have interests, those interests deserve equal consideration (to the similar interests of humans). Hence, ______________________________ (S4) Certain non-human animals have interests which deserve equal consideration (to the similar interests of humans). Capacity for pain. Notice that whatever comes out of this argument, it’s only going to apply to animals that have a capacity for pain. Which ones are those? See Gallistel, “Consider the Lobster”
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Singer: All Animals are Equal (S1) Certain non-human animals can suffer. Hence, (S2) They have interests. (S3) If they have interests, those interests deserve equal consideration (to the similar interests of humans). Hence, ______________________________ (S4) Certain non-human animals have interests which deserve equal consideration (to the similar interests of humans). Notion of an interest is not perfectly clear. But it’s a very natural idea.
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