The question of the animal and its relation to man has engaged thinkers across the ages and across disciplinary lines. Animals exist on the borderline of our moral concept, allowing for interpretations that range from ascribing animals some kind of moral status to none at all. This course will familiarize students with a number of traditional and contemporary positions on the man-animal debate. We will engage with how philosophers and writers have imagined the relationship between man and animal over time, and the various ways in which these perceptions are challenged today. Our main focus will be on border issues – what is seen to constitute the dividing line between man and animal, who defines it, and the ethics this invokes.

Teacher: Claudia Egerer

Syllabus and application

This course will not be given in autumn 2017.