Animals and Philosophy (PHIL*2080) | College of Arts

Animals and Philosophy (PHIL*2080)

Code and section: PHIL*2080*DE

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Stefan Linquist


This course will examine the concept of the animal itself, the nature of animal minds, the  importance of species membership, and the relationship between human and non-human animals. It will discuss applied issues related to animal welfare, wildlife,  agriculture, experimentation, and the environment. It will also explore some of the ethical, social, political and feminist perspectives on animals as they are addressed by philosophers. As such, the course aims to enable students to analyze growing concerns that animals play in our lives.

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.