[SydPhil] UOW Philosophy Research Seminar - Dr. Bronwyn Finnigan (ANU)

michael kirchhoff michael.david.kirchhoff at gmail.com
Thu Aug 31 07:59:25 AEST 2017

*UOW Philosophy Research Seminar Presents:*

*Ahimsa and The Moral Status of Animals*

Speaker: Dr. Bronwyn Finnigan (ANU)

Date: 6 September 2017

Time: 15.30-16.45

Venue: 67.202 (Moot Court)

*Note change of venue to the Moot Court 67.202*

Aimed at staff and postgraduates, but open to all.

*Abstract*: Ahimsa, or non-violence, is a central virtue in Buddhist, Jain
and Brahmanical traditions of Indian philosophy. In this presentation, I
will provide some background to the Buddhist position on this idea and will
rationally reconstruct five Buddhist arguments that aim to justify its
extension to animals. These arguments will appeal to the capacity and
desire not to suffer, the virtue of compassion, as well as Buddhist views
on the nature of self, karma, and reincarnation. I will also consider how
versions of these arguments have been applied to address a practical issue
in Buddhist ethics; whether Buddhists should be vegetarian.

With very best wishes
*Dr. Michael D. Kirchhoff *
Lecturer in Philosophy
School of Humanities and Social Enquiry
Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
University of Wollongong NSW 2522
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