Monday, January 08, 2018


A #Morehouse J-Mester 2018 course in Philosophy: 
Ethics and Animals: Violence or Non-Violence?

January 8 – 12, 2018, 9 am - 12 pm
Location: Wheeler, 218
Many people say that violence is wrong, and that violence is only morally justified under extreme circumstances. But what about violence towards animals? On any common definition of 'violence', animals are treated violently when they are raised and killed to be eaten, or experimented on for medical research or used for other purposes that, arguably, harm them. What, if anything, then would justify this violence? In this course, we will explore a range of answers to these questions, given by influential philosophers, scientists and advocates on all sides. Topics include: theories of ethics, animal minds, and ethical issues concerning the uses of animals for food, clothing, experimentation, entertainment, hunting, as companions or pets, and other purposes.  Students will write a number of short papers that develop positions on theoretical and practice issues concerning ethics and animals, giving reasons for their support, or defending themselves from possible objections and criticisms. Students will watch a variety of documentary films and likely take field trips to meet with experts to address ethical issues at places such as the Atlanta Humane Society, Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, Morehouse School of Medicine, and a local animal farm and /or sanctuary. We will also likely some guest speakers from local animal advocacy groups, such as The Humane League and the Atlanta Black Vegetarian Society.

J-Mester at Morehouse College

The January Term, or J-Mester, will be held January 8 – 12, 2018. J-Mester is an exciting opportunity for Morehouse students to have a non-traditional educational experience during an intensive, one-week period before the beginning of the spring semester. J-Mester opportunities are geared toward strengthening Morehouse students' abilities to demonstrate acuity and agency in many developmental areas. J-Mester offerings will be offered in the following categories: Academic Seminars and Student Development Seminars.  
  • Academic and Student Development Seminars meet Monday through Friday for three (3) hours EACH DAY (9 a.m. - Noon or 1 - 4 p.m.). Please note that outside work will be assigned.
In order to receive one semester of Crown Forum, you must attend one (1) Academic Seminar or Student Development Seminar.
*Crown Forum requirements earned through J-Mester will be administered per semester — versus per Crown Forum session attended, and will be applied toward graduation requirements. Crown forum requirements will be given for COMPLETE ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION ONLY.  Partial credit will not be given. A maximum of two crown semesters may be applied toward graduation requirements.*

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