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.
“Moral battles over how humans should treat other animals are usually waged between those who defend our right to use natural resources and those who defend animals’ right to live free of exploitation; the two sides, unsurprisingly, argue on different terms. They remain entrenched because lives and traditions are at stake, and because each is rooted in a fundamental truth.”
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…
Where is the moral line between humans’ studied tampering with animals, and all of the other ways species change each other?
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.”