A standard approach to animal ethics, used by both Peter Singer and Tom Regan, is to argue that we ought not to eat animals because, like us, they suffer or, like us, they are “subjects of a life.” Both utilitarians and rights theorists are extensionists because they believe that the way to do animal ethics is to extend moral consideration to animals because they share these traits with us. But in the last twenty years, this approach has been challenged and complicated by a variety of developments in ethics, from feminist ethics, to ecology, naturalist ethics, and other approaches. In this colloquium, we will discuss extensionism and some of its alternatives. Participants will have access to manuscripts from a forthcoming book on this topic.
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