Expand your Moral Circle

Wed, Feb 27

In this class, we'll explore the concept of your "circle of moral concern," the class of beings whose interests you consider in your moral deliberations. We'll ask: who and what should belong to our moral circle? Should we concern ourselves with the plight of strangers on the other side of the world? Animals? Unborn humans? People who will exist in the far future? We'll also critically examine the widespread belief that humans matter more than non-human animals. Is this belief defensible, or is it just another form of unjust discrimination on a par with racism and sexism?

Read This:

"All Animals are Equal" (Peter Singer)

APPLICATION ARTICLE:

"Our Once and Future Sins" (Aeon)

Do This:

1. Homework: Reading Reflection Journal.