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Unformatted text preview: EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY February 11, 2011 Singer and Fearnley-Whittingstall Plan for Today: Admin stuff Singer: All Animals are Equal Fearnley-Whittingstall: Meat and Right Arguments from consideration of animals interests Admin Stuff: New short assignment Explain Singers conclusion. Distinguish his claim from some possible misreadings. (Exercise in clarifying what the claim is thats 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 Singers *right* - just getting straight on what hes arguing for. In full length paper, this would happen before launching into discussion of whether hes right or not. Admin Stuff: New extra credit assignment Wallace and Gallistel on animal cognition. Due Friday Feb 18. Admin Stuff: Posters Youll get topics the beginning of next week. So, please put in your any requests with your TA ASAP. Micro-Quiz 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 Singer: All Animals are Equal What we read was a chapter of a longer book. Quite a bit going on. Ill draw a line through what I take to be a (the?) central thread. Tie it to some other stu f weve looked at. 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). Heres a way of setting up Singers core argument. 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, its only going to apply to animals that have a capacity for pain. Which ones are those? See Gallistel, Consider the Lobster 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)....
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 252 taught by Professor Egan during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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