Uehiro Lectures: School Student Discussion Groups

In conjunction with our 2016 Uehiro Lectures, secondary school students are invited to a series of events on animal ethics.

How to Count Animals, More or Less
Professor Shelly Kagan, Yale University

With School Student Discussion Groups led by
Professor Julian Savulescu, University of Oxford
Professor Dominic Wilkinson, University of Oxford

We would like to invite you and your students to a series of events on animal ethics aimed at school aged students around our 2016 Uehiro Lectures "How to Count Animals More or Less", which are for a public audience and are taking place in Oxford on 14-16 November 2016.
Current thinking on animal ethics is often "egalitarian": arguing that people and nonhuman animals count equally when it comes to harms or goods done to them. This view says that animals and people have the same moral status ("pain is pain").  In these lectures, however, Yale Professor Shelly Kagan will explore an alternative approach, according to which animals differ from people, and from one another, in terms of the moral significance of their lives, their goods and bads, and the various rights that they possess. Kagan will explore two major schools of thought in philosophy, consequentialism and deontology and look at what his view of animals would look like in each of them.
Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson will introduce these events for pupils with a short introduction to practical ethics and to the two schools of philosophy that Kagan will focus on before the first lecture. In the second session, they will encourage the students to discuss the ideas presented in the first lecture, as well as broader questions on animal ethics.

Professor Julian Savulescu directs the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and Professor Dominic Wilkinson is the Head of Medical Ethics at the Centre.
Monday 14 November
3.00 – 4.00pm Introduction to Practical Ethics, Consequentialism and Deontology. Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson
4.00 – 4.30pm Refreshments
4.30 - 6.30pm Lecture 1: Consequentialism for Cows
Tuesday 15 November
3.30 – 4.30pm Summary and Discussion on “Consequentism for Cows”
4.30 – 5.00pm Refreshments
5.00 – 7.00pm Lecture 2: Deontology for Dogs

Wednesday 16 November
Students who are interested may also like to attend the final lecture in the series
5.00 - 7.00pm Lecture 3: Foundations for Frogs

Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford.

To sign up: Up to 30 Spaces are available at each schools session and are open to all secondary schools and year groups, with a preference for students who are studying a relevant area, or who have an interest in the topic. Spaces are available on a first come first served basis. Please email Miriam.wood@philosophy.ox.ac.uk to reserve places for your school or if you have any further queries.