Ethics, Aesthetics, and Animals
Ned Hettinger, Fall 2011

Philosopher's Index

British Journal of Aesthetics

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Journal of Aesthetics Education

Hettinger Aesthetics and Ethics Bibliography

Schedule of Assignments

Critical Questions

First paper assignment
Possible first paper topics

Suggestions for writing your philosophy paper

Spring 2012 Philosophy Courses

Possible topics in animal ethics
Schedule of Animal Ethics Paper

Help with article search

Lion with baboon
Class Notes
Readings for Class
Unit on
Ethics & Animals

Michael Pollan, "An Animal's Place"

Pollan on how domestication benefited animals

Thursday, Dec 8, 12pm: Final Exam
A few final exam study questions
Monday, Dec 5,: Animal paper due (hard copy)
Requirements of Animal Paper
Thursday, Dec 1
Emily, CQ
Palmer, Ch 8
Palmer, Ch 8: Puzzling Through Some Cases and Conclusion, pp 141-166
Tuesday, Nov 29:
Palmer, Ch 7
Palmer, Ch 7: Some Problems and Questions, pp. 115-140
Before Thanksgiving
4-6 page draft of paper
Tuesday, Nov 22
CQ, Matt
Palmer, Ch 6
Palmer, Ch 6: Past Harms and Special Obligations, pp. 96-114

Thursday, Nov 17th
CQ, Cody

Palmer, Ch 4

Palmer, Ch 5

Palmer, Ch 4: Wildness, Domestication, and the Laissez-faire Intuition and Ch 5: Developing a New, Relational Approach, pp. 64-95


Tuesday, Nov 15
CQ, Teresa

Palmer, Ch 3
Palmer, Ch 3: Capacities, Contexts and Relations, pp. 44-63
Sat/Sun, Nov 12/13
Summary of two outside articles and how use due

Thursday, Nov 10
CQ, Tom

Palmer, Ch 2
Palmer, Ch 2: Capacity-Oriented Accounts of Animal Ethics, pp. 25-43

Tuesday, Nov 8
CQ, Shelby

Palmer, Introduction and Ch 1
Clare Palmer, Animal Ethics in Context (Columbia 2010) (hereafter “Palmer”), Introduction and Ch 1: Animals’ Capacities and Moral Status, pp. 1-24
order of critical questions after Shelby: Tom Chap 2, Teresa Ch 3, Cody Ch 4/5, Matt Ch 6, No one Ch 7, Emily Ch 8

Thursday, Nov 3
CQ, Joe

Nussbaum, Part 3
continue reading Nussbaum, pp. 388-407 of "Beyond Compassion"
Some articles on capabilities approach and animals
Tuesday, Nov 1
CQ, Natalia
Nussbaum, Part 2
continue reading Nussbaum, pp. 357-388 of "Beyond Compassion . . ."

Article on Predation in Nature Problematic:
Jeffery McMahon, “The Meat Eaters"

Sat/Sunday 30/31 Paragraph on animal ethics paper topic email,  
Thursday, Oct 27
In class video
The Witness
Audio: The Witness
Tuesday, Oct 25
CQ, Emily
Nussbaum, Beyond Compassion, Part 1
Martha Nussbaum, “Beyond ‘Compassion and Humanity’: Justice for Nonhuman Animals” in Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, and Species Membership. (Harvard 2006) , pp. 325-356.

Thursday, Oct 20
CQ Tyler

Korsgaard, Fellow Creatures (second part)
Christine Korsgaard , “Fellow Creatures: Kantian Ethics and Our Duties to Animals” in the Tanner Lectures on Human Values (2004), pp. 92-110
Fall Break
Oct 13, CQ Joe
Korsgaard, Fellow Creatures (first part)
Christine Korsgaard , “Fellow Creatures: Kantian Ethics and Our Duties to Animals” in the Tanner Lectures on Human Values (2004), pp. 77-92
Oct 11, CQ Allie
Jamieson, Animal Rights and Demands of Nature
Dale Jamieson, "The Rights of Animals and the Demands of Nature," Environmental Values 17 (2008), pp. 181-199.

Predation videos
Bottlenose Dolphins: Mudflat Hunting
Cheetahs eating Wildebeest
Hyena eating Zebra

Jane Godall: Chimpanzees and War


Oct 4,6 CQ Lauren
Williams, The Human Prejudice
Bernard Williams, “The Human Prejudice,” Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline (Princeton, 2006), pp. 135-154
Monday, Oct 3
Paper on Ethics and Aesthetics Due
Hard Copy, 14 Glebe, inside mailbox, please
Sept 29
Singer, Taking Life

Peter Singer, “Taking Life: Animals” from On the Human (2011)

Goose/human friendship video
Unit on
Ethics & Aesthetics
Sept 27
Exam on Ethics and Aesthetics material
Some ( incomplete) study questions
Sep 22

Hettinger, Animal Beauty (powerpoint)

Hettinger, Animal Beauty

Ned Hettinger, “Animal Beauty, Ethics, and Environmental Preservation”
Saving Ugly Animals
Sep 20
Eaton, Aes/Ethics in Environment
Marcia Eaton, Ch 12: Aesthetics and Ethics in the Environment, pp. 175-196, from Merit, Aesthetic and Ethical (Oxford, 2001)
Sep 15
Eaton, Aesthetics the Mother of Ethics?

Marcia Eaton, Ch 7: Aesthetics: The Mother of Ethics?, pp. 81-94, from Merit, Aesthetic and Ethical (Oxford, 2001)

Marcia Eaton, Part III, “Integrating Aesthetic and Moral Value,” pp. 95-97, from Merit, Aesthetic and Ethical (Oxford, 2001)           

Articles in favor of separation aesthetics and ethics

William Gass_"Goodness_Knows_Nothing_of_Beauty: On the Distance between Morality and Art"

Richard Posner, "Against Ethical Criticism"

Sept 13
Eaton, Taking Aesthetics Seriously and the Separatist Mistake

Marcia Eaton, Part II: Taking the Aesthetic Seriously, pp. 55-56, from Merit, Aesthetic and Ethical (Oxford, 2001)

Marcia Eaton, Ch 5: The Separatist Mistake, pp. 57-69, from Merit, Aesthetic and Ethical (Oxford, 2001)

Industrial Scars: The Art of Environmental Pollution
Sept 6 & Sept 8
Kieran, Art, Morality and Ethics
Matthew Kieran, “Art, Morality and Ethics: On the (Im)Moral Character of Art Works and Inter-Relations to Artistic Value”
Karen Hanson, "How Bad Can Good Art Be?"
Sept 1
Gaut, Ethical Criticism of Art
Berys Gaut, "The Ethical Criticism of Art"

Encyclopedia article on the ethical criticism of art

Daniel Jacobson, “In Praise of Immoral Art,” Philosophical Topics XXV 1 Spring 1994

Aug 30
Gaut, Just Joking

Berys Gaut, “Just Joking: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humor”
through library or html file

Bibliography on Humor
Aug 25
Devereaux, Beauty and Evil
Mary Devereaux, "Beauty and Evil: The Case of Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will"

Triumph of the Will (video)
Holocaust time line 1934
Night of the Long Knives 1934

Edward Burtynsky Photographs