HON 394: Beyond the Human

Are humans more special than other forms of life?

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

This seminar explores these and related questions from historical and contemporary philosophical, religious, ethical, political, legal, literary, 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. Paper books and printed PDFs only; no electronic texts or devices permitted unless otherwise noted on the reading schedule.

Course semester: 
Spring 2020 Session C
Instructor: 
Dr. Mina Suk