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Symposium

Every issue has one section dedicated to a particular question. Collecting responses from a range of perspectives, these symposia prompt us to think about the values and ideas that shape our most urgent cultural and personal decisions.

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Winter 2013

 

Imagination and Advocacy

When, in thinking about the ways in which humans and animals are natural creatures, we wax philosophical, we frequently assume that the natural world is ethically…

 

Cave Trout

Where is the moral line between humans’ studied tampering with animals, and all of the other ways species change each other?

 

Using Animals

Is there a way to bring eating into the field of ethics—to take not only the nomad and the horse as a model of moral…

 

Children and Animals

As a child, I rooted for the Three Little Pigs as well as for Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, and I delighted in the company of…

 

On Killing Animals

To say that a sentient being—any sentient being—is not harmed by death is most peculiar.

 

Getting Animals in View

Many people find nothing odd about the sentence, “I live alone with a cat.”