I am interested in how animals with some form of language and decision making and social arrangements are to then be regarded as persons, in other words how intelligence forms a social and personal reference system, and how much they are aware of this awareness.
I'm too far away, but for those who are not there is a lecture tomorrow (Thursday 6th December) at 5pm in the Council Room at Mansfield College, Oxford on Dolphins: Personhood, Flourishing and Rights.
Admission is free and all are welcome. It is given by Thomas I. White. He is the author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier (Blackwell Publishing, 2007). He is also the Conrad N. Hilton Professor in Business Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethics and Business at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
“You have some queer friends, Dorothy”, she said. “The queerness doesn’t matter, so long as they’re friends,” was the answer -L. Frank Baum - Since I announced the dilemma I found myself in, following a meeting with the Archbishop of York, who presented me with the choice, of either continuing in...