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Science, politics, and culture from a philosophical perspective

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Science, politics, and culture from a philosophical perspective

    Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes

    Shahidha Bari/ Jonathan Birch/ Clare Moriarty   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   Shahidha Bari talks to Jonathan Birch and Clare Moriarty about what’s happening at the Forum, taking in everything from ghosts to bad language, being a corvid during COVID, and doing philosophy during a pandemic.   Speakers Shahidha Bari Professor of Fashion Cultures, UAL … Continued

    From the vaults: Eating Animals

    From the vaults: Eating Animals

    Jonathan Safran Foer   Listen to the podcast here   Jonathan Safran Foer discusses themes from Eating Animals, an account of his decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. Part memoir, part exposé, the book examines the topics of factory farming and commercial fisheries and explores the cultural significance of food.   Speaker Jonathan Safran Foer Author, Extremely … Continued

    From the vaults: Stewards of the Earth

    From the vaults: Stewards of the Earth

    Jennifer Gabrys/ Simon James   Listen to the podcast here   Are humans exceptional among living beings? How should we understand our relationship with the natural world? Current ecological crises have led to new conceptions of this relationship, increased focus on human responsibilities, and changing environmental practices. We address both the theoretical questions raised by these … Continued

    From the vaults: Animals

    From the vaults: Animals

    John Ó Maoilearca/ Undine Sellbach/ Lynn Turner   Listen to the recording here or on YouTube   Humans have always co-existed with other animals, using them as tools, resources, and, more recently, companions. More abstractly, non-human animals help us to understand ourselves; they are ‘good to think with’ (Claude Lévi-Strauss). What roles do non-human animals … Continued

    From the vaults: Multiculturalism and Animal Ethics

    From the vaults: Multiculturalism and Animal Ethics

    David Grumett/ Angie Pepper/ Varun Uberoi   Listen here or on YouTube   The welfare and flourishing of animals is now enshrined in national and international law. But what should we do when cultural or religious traditions appear to conflict with current ideas about animal welfare? How does globalization affect the scale and type of … Continued

    From the vaults: Invasive Species

    From the vaults: Invasive Species

    Fred Pearce/ Chris Thomas/ Emma Townshend   Listen to the podcast here or on YouTube   From parakeets to grey squirrels, signal crayfish to Japanese knotweed, with the help of human beings, non-native species have adeptly squawked, crawled, and rooted themselves in unfamiliar ecosystems. Should we welcome these invaders as a sign of cross-species cosmopolitanism … Continued

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