HON 394: Beyond the Human

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Are humans more special than other forms of life?

How does (and how should) conceptions of the human influence our attitudes toward and ways of living with non-human beings and things?

This seminar explores these and related questions from historical and contemporary philosophical, religious, ethical, political, legal, and scientific perspectives. Topics to include animal rights and liberation; the social life of plants; resource extraction; the ethics of production, consumption, and waste; the human-technology interface; climate change; etc. Assignments to include weekly analytical responses and one research paper. Paper books and printed PDFs only; no electronic texts or devices permitted.

Course semester: 
Spring 2019 Session C
Mina Suk