The UAA Ethics Center and Philosophy Department is please to welcome philosopher, Prof. Gary Varner
, Texas A & M to campus for a free, public symposium. Prof. Varner who will be speaking on
Pets, Companion Animals, and Domesticated Partners: Ethics and Animal Companions on
betweenin Library 307.
Abstract: Prof. Varner is author of Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in Hare's Two Level Utilitarianism (Oxford University Press, 2012). In this presentation, he will introduce stipulative definitions of terms "companion animal," "domesticated partners," and "mere pet." He will argue that the institution of pet-keeping is justifiable, but that the justification is stronger for companion animals than for mere pets, and that it is stronger for domesticated partners.