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What Do We Owe Non-Humans?

This section of Senior Project will explore the relationshipbetween humans, other species, and technology from aphilosophical perspective. Does the intelligence andsophisticated communication of animals like apes and dolphinsmean that we owe them more consideration than species that areless similar to us? Could we ever have moral obligations towardrobots, or towards aliens with whom we do not share a "moralcommunity" by inhabiting the same planet? Our emphasis will be onthe real-world implications of how we view ethical obligationstoward non-humans. After a series of common readings, eachstudent will choose a type of being or technology to focus on fora research paper. You will develop an argument for why theethical concerns you've chosen are important, and how we shouldresolve them.

Section: COMM-479-02
Credits: 4
Faculty: Allyson L Mount
Days: TR
Times: 10:00AM‑11:45AM (TR)
Start/End Date: 08/26/19 - 12/13/19
Instruction Method: Lecture-based Learning
Comments: This section of Senior Project will explore the relationshipbetween humans, other species, and technology from aphilosophical perspective. Does the intelligence andsophisticated communication of animals like apes and dolphinsmean that we owe them more consideration than species that areless similar to us? Could we ever have moral obligations towardrobots, or towards aliens with whom we do not share a "moralcommunity" by inhabiting the same planet? Our emphasis will be onthe real-world implications of how we view ethical obligationstoward non-humans. After a series of common readings, eachstudent will choose a type of being or technology to focus on fora research paper. You will develop an argument for why theethical concerns you've chosen are important, and how we shouldresolve them.

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