The Philosophy Department at Queen’s University is hosting Dutch philosopher Eva Meijer at the department’s weekly colloquium on September 27, at 4pm in Watson Hall 517.
Title: The role of language in interspecies politics: Towards a theory of political animal voices.
Abstract: Research shows that non-human animals have their own languages and cultures. They are individuals with their own perspectives on life, who form social and political relations with human and non-human others. In current legal and political systems, they are however still seen and used as objects. Animal rights theorists challenge this, arguing that non-human animals are sentient beings whose interests should be taken into account morally. In my talk I will argue this is not enough: we should recognize that other animals speak and act politically, and see this as co-constitutive for building new interspecies democracies.