Presentation Title

Keeping and Killing: The Nature of Animal-Human Relationships

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Shannen Cashman, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library Basement

Abstract

I will focus on the complexity of animal-human relationships in the contemporary United States, drawing on literature, science, and philosophy to explore the various ways we keep and kill animals in captivity, such as in agriculture and biomedical research. By examining these interactions, we expose an inherent duality within human consciousness, which results in conflicting attitudes about our responsibilities toward animals. Often, we tell ourselves stories that make us more comfortable with these inconsistencies. By acknowledging this, we can better confront this confusion and understand how it affects animals’ lives and deaths.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-10-2018 1:00 PM

End Date

4-10-2018 2:15 PM

Panel

Understanding Sentiment

Panel Moderator

Jill Ordman

Field of Study for Presentation

Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Social Justice

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Keeping and Killing: The Nature of Animal-Human Relationships

Library Basement

I will focus on the complexity of animal-human relationships in the contemporary United States, drawing on literature, science, and philosophy to explore the various ways we keep and kill animals in captivity, such as in agriculture and biomedical research. By examining these interactions, we expose an inherent duality within human consciousness, which results in conflicting attitudes about our responsibilities toward animals. Often, we tell ourselves stories that make us more comfortable with these inconsistencies. By acknowledging this, we can better confront this confusion and understand how it affects animals’ lives and deaths.