Dorothy Emmet Lecture 2023
Our annual Dorothy Emmet Lecture will be hosting Professor Alison Stone. Taking place Thursday, the 5th of October from 4pm-6pm, we hope you can make it! This event is generously supported by the Royal Institute of Philosophy
The Philosophy Department at the University of Manchester presents the latest in our series of annual public lectures, the Dorothy Emmet Lectures. This year we will have a hybrid presentation (you can join in person or via Zoom). The Dorothy Emmet Lectures commemorate Dorothy Emmet, an eminent mid-20th Century philosopher and head of the Philosophy Department at Manchester for over 20 years. The lectures are aimed at the general public and require no prior knowledge of philosophy. The lecture will last around 45 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of Q&A. You will be able to ask questions in person or post them to the chair to read them out.
TITLE: 'Frances Power Cobbe and Animal Ethics'
ABSTRACT: Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) was the driving force behind the Victorian movement against animal experimentation or, as it was then called, vivisection. Cobbe is often remembered for her animal welfare campaigning, but it is rarely recognised that she engaged with animal welfare as a moral philosopher. In this talk I will explore the philosophical basis of Cobbe’s anti-vivisectionism, focusing on her 1875 article “The Moral Aspects of Vivisection”. In this essay, Cobbe treats the rise of vivisection as manifesting the tendency for science to supersede religion in the modern industrial world. Then she endeavours to refute all of the main arguments in defence of vivisection one by one. Having set out her views, I will comment on their ongoing relevance for animal ethics today.
Prof. Alison Stone (Lancaster University), on "Frances Power Cobbe and Animal Ethics"
THURSDAY 5th October, 4 pm — 6 pm GMT
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ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.us/j/92418069212
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