[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 2nd of May: Jane Johnson (MQ)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Fri Apr 28 14:57:42 AEST 2017

What should we do about animal dissent in research?

Jane Johnson (MQ)

Date: Tuesday, 2nd of May
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: W6A 708, Macquarie University

If an individual expresses dissent in the context of research, this is generally taken to mean they are not required to participate. However in the case of experimentation on nonhuman animals, their dissent is almost always ignored. I want to suggest there are 3 types of reasons why we should not routinely ignore animal dissent in research. These are practical, epistemological and ethical. If these sorts of reasons push us to seriously consider an animal’s dissent, what follows from this? I propose researchers have a number of options available to them in the face of dissent – to override it, to train animals in such a way as to circumvent their potential dissent, or to alter research to be responsive to dissent. I argue that only this last option has the potential to address all the types of reasons that motivate us to take dissent seriously, but would come at the cost of requiring a radical reshaping of the practice of animal research.

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Adam Hochman
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