International Conference On Convergence and Divergence between Animal and Environmental Ethics

November 28, 2016 Leave a comment

International Conference On Convergence and Divergence between Animal and Environmental Ethics

Call for young researcher proposals

The Centre de Recherche en Éthique (CRE) in association with the Groupe de recherche en éthique environnementale et animale (GRÉEA) will host an international conference on Convergence and Divergence between Animal and Environmental Ethics, which will be held in Montreal, on May 17-19, 2017.

The organizing committee of the conference (see below) invites graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and non-tenure track assistant professors to submit paper proposals to be considered for inclusion in the program of the conference. Papers addressing any philosophical issue relevant to the conference theme are welcome.

Up to four proposals will be selected. Each participant will have 45 minutes to present his or her paper and will benefit from a 45 minutes discussion with invited speakers and other participants. Submission format and procedure: Please submit a 300-500 words abstract formatted for blind review (exclude any personal and institutional information). Email your submission as a Word or PDF attachment at:

Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Funding: The CRE will provide assistance for participant’s transportation and lodging expenses.

Description: « [T]wo streams of thought meet and are woven together… [in]to the beginnings of what, I believe, will be a lasting marriage. (Though I have no illusions about the tranquility of that particular relationship.) » (Singer 1992)
Environmental ethics and animal ethics have much in common. For one thing, each field has firmly established itself over just the past few decades. On the theoretical side, this has meant the founding of journals like The Journal of Animal Ethics and Environmental Ethics; and on the practical side, the organization of activist groups running the gamut from polite to militant. For the most part, both fields have also shared a commitment to non-anthropocentrism. As the editor of a recent anthology put it, « Environmental ethics [which for him includes animal ethics] begins the moment we reject the view that only humans can be moral patients… » (Williston 2016). In other words, humans are not the only entities in the universe worthy of direct moral concern.
Animal and environmental ethics have tended to differ, however, on the question of just which other entities do count for their own sakes (rather than merely for the sake of humans). Environmental ethicists have often included all individual animals, plants, and other organisms; along with « soils, waters » and the ecosystemic « community as such » (Leopold 1949). In contrast, animal ethicists have tended to limit their direct moral concern to beings able to experience joy and suffering (Singer 1975). Animal and environmental ethicists have also largely applied their respective theories to different domains, i.e., domesticated animals including pets, livestock, and laboratory subjects; vs. wild organisms, species, and ecosystems.
However, humans are causing increasingly strong interactions between the wild and domestic realms. For example, the overfishing of wild populations has induced a massive rise in fish farms. Conversely, scientists now identify animal agriculture in general as the world’s leading cause of biodiversity loss (Machovina et al. 2015). Furthermore, it has been nearly 25 years since two important book-length anthologies focused on the relationships between environmental and animal ethics (Hargrove 1992, Ryder 1992). We therefore plan to host a conference on the topic in May 2017, and to publish a new edited volume based on it.
The conference will bring together major established scholars, as well as up-and-coming researchers, in both fields. Speakers will address convergence and divergence between animal and environmental ethics. To wit, how much overlap is there between the policies that would be morally required for the sake of animals alone (including humans), vs. those required for the sake of organisms (including animals), entire species, and ecosystems? We will focus on answers to this question in the following contexts: (1) the wild vs. domesticated spheres, (2) predation by some non-human animals upon others, and (3) animal agriculture.

Hargrove, E. C., editor. 1992. The Animal Rights, Environmental Ethics Debate. State University of New York, Albany, NY.
Leopold, A. 1949. A Sand County Almanac. Oxford University. New York, NY.
Machovina, B., K. J. Feeley, and W. J. Ripple. 2015. Biodiversity conservation: The key is reducing meat consumption. Science of the Total Environment 536:419-431.
Ryder, R. D., editor. Animal Welfare and the Environment. Gerald Duckworth. London, UK.
Singer, P. 1975. Animal Liberation. Avon. New York, NY.
Singer, P. 1992. Foreword. In: Ryder, R. D., op. cit.
Williston, B. 2016. Moral standing. In: Williston, B., editor. Environmental Ethics for Canadians. Oxford University. Toronto, ON. P. 25.

Organizing committee:

Gregory Mikkelson (McGill University)
Mauro Rossi (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Valéry Giroux (Centre de recherche en éthique)
Sophia Rousseau-Mermans (Université de Montréal, Université Paris 1)
Christine Tappolet (Université de Montréal)
Frédéric Bouchard (Université de Montréal)

Invited presentators (alphabetical order):

• John Baird Callicott, University of North Texas, North Texas, USA
• Mark Budolfson, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont, Vermont, USA
• Ned Hettinger, Philosophy, College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA
• Oscar Horta, Department of Logic and Moral Philosophy, University of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruna, Spain
• Virginie Maris, Centre d’écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive du CNRS, Montpellier, France
• Katie McShane, Department of Philosophy, Colorado State University, Colorado, USA
• Gregory Mikkelson, McGill School of Environment & Department of Philosophy, Montreal, Canada
• Michael Nelson, Duth H. Spaniol Chair in Renewable Resources and Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Oregon State University, USA
• Clare Palmer, Philosophy, Liberal Arts Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
• Jeff Sebo, Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
• Tatjana Visak, Philosophy, Mannheim University, Germany.

Kristin A. Andrews – Normative Practice in Other Animals

November 28, 2016 Leave a comment

The Concordia Philosophy Department Speaker Series presents:

Normative Practice in Other Animals

A lecture by

Kristin A. Andrews (York University)

When: Friday, December 9, 2016 3:00-5:00 pm

Where: Concordia Philosophy Department, 2145 Mackay, S 201


Traditionally, discussions of moral participation – and in particular moral agency – have focused on fully formed human actors. There has been some interest in the development of morality in humans, as well as interest in cultural differences when it comes to moral practices, commitments, and actions. However, until relatively recently there has been little focus on the possibility that nonhuman animals have any role to play in morality, save being the object of moral concern. Moreover, when nonhuman cases are considered as evidence of moral agency or subjecthood, there has been a tendency to focus on higher-order moral behaviors (i.e., those same behaviors that inform our views about human moral agency). If we are to understand the evolution of moral psychology and moral practice, then this relative lack of attention to the practices of other animals and this persistent focus on the moral instead of the normative have been great oversights.

A biologically responsible way of examining the distribution of moral practice in other animals starts from considering the distribution of normative practice across species. Drawing on the work of psychologists and anthropologists, the normative foundations of morality across humans demonstrates that some animals—chimpanzees and cetaceans in particular—demonstrate many of the moral foundations that indicate the existence of a cognitive modality I call naïve normativity.

All are welcome!

Will Kymlicka – Animal Law. Beyond the Property/Personhood Debate

November 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Conférence de Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University) : Animal Law. Beyond the Property/Personhood Debate

Jeudi 24 novembre 2016 de 17h30 à 19h30 à l’UQAM

Pavillon Président-Kennedy

201, av. du Président-Kennedy

Local PK-1140

La conférence sera donnée en anglais, suivie d’une discussion de Christiane Bailey (Doctorante en philosophie, U de Montréal) en français et d’une période de question-discussion bilingue avec le public.

Venez en grand nombre !

L’inscription est gratuite, mais obligatoire :

La conférence est organisée par Eve Seguin (Science politique, UQAM) dans le cadre des Grandes conférences de science politique à l’UQAM.

Hervé Chneiweiss – Anticipating a therapeutically elusive neurodegenerative condition: Ethical considerations for the preclinical detection of Alzheimer’s disease

November 21, 2016 Leave a comment

The Montreal Neuroethics Network (MNN)

Le Réseau Neuroéthique de Montréal


“Anticipating a therapeutically elusive neurodegenerative condition:

Ethical considerations for the preclinical detection of Alzheimer’s disease”

Hervé Chneiweiss, M.D.

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

Monday, November 28th 2016


Auditorium Jacques-Genest, IRCM


“Anticiper une maladie neurodégénérative sans thérapeutique:

Considérations éthiques sur la détection préclinique de la maladie d’Alzheimer”

Hervé Chneiweiss, M.D., PhD

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

Lundi 28 novembre 2016

11h30 à 12h30

Auditorium Jacques-Genest, IRCM

Please note that the seminar will be presented both in English and French.

Veuillez noter que le séminaire sera présenté en français et en anglais.

Please see attached poster for details. All are welcome, no RSVP needed.

Veuillez consulter l’affiche ci-jointe pour de plus amples renseignements. Entrée libre, aucune réservation nécessaire.

The Montreal Neuroethics Network promotes neuroethics training, education and dialogue by exposing various audiences to neuroethics issues; fostering collaboration and mutual learning; and ensure Montreal’s leadership in addressing ethical and social issues in neuroscience and healthcare delivery through inter-institutional collaborations.

For additional information,

Le Réseau neuroéthique de Montréal promeut la formation, l’éducation et le dialogue neuroéthiques en exposant divers publics aux enjeux neuroéthiques; en facilitant les collaborations et les apprentissages mutuels afin de développer le leadership à Montréal pour aborder les questions éthiques et sociales associées aux neurosciences et aux soins de santé dans un contexte de collaboration interinstitutionnelle.

Pour de plus amples renseignements,

Table ronde – Le legs d’Athènes au miroir des Droits de l´homme et du citoyen

November 21, 2016 Leave a comment


Vendredi 25 novembre 2016, 15h30-20h00, Pavillon De Sève – DS-1950, UQAM

Table ronde (15h30-17h30)

Le legs d’Athènes au miroir des Droits de l´homme et du citoyen

Georges LEROUX : « Théâtre et démocratie »

Jean-Marc NARBONNE : « Du procès de Socrate au procès
de la démocratie athénienne : quelques réflexions »

Josiane BOULAD-AYOUB : « Souveraineté nationale ou souveraineté populaire ? »

Dominique LEYDET : « Le tirage au sort : dernier phénix de la démocratie athénienne »

Yves COUTURE : « Le même et l’autre. Usages et mésusages du miroir des Anciens »

Lancement (18h00)


Progrès et action collective. Portrait du méliorisme aux États-Unis, PUL, 2016.

Un cocktail suivra à 18h30

Anne-Marie Gagné-Julien ─ «Comment répondre aux critiques des anti-psychiatres? Ébauche d’un concept naturalisé de désordre mental.»

November 16, 2016 Leave a comment

Fillosophie présente :

«Comment répondre aux critiques des anti-psychiatres?
Ébauche d’un concept naturalisé de désordre mental.»

UQAM, local W-5215
Mercredi, 23 novembre, 2016
à 13h00

Le résumé de la conférence est disponible ici.

Évenement gratuit et ouvert à toutes et à tous.
Une collation sera servie.

Lien Facebook (merci de confirmer votre présence):

(Événement organisé par Fillosophie, à l’UQAM. Pour plus d’information, visitez le site internet: )

Christine Tappolet – The Metaphysics of Moods

November 4, 2016 Leave a comment

The Concordia Philosophy Department Speaker Series presents:

The Metaphysics of Moods

A lecture by

Christine Tappolet (Université de Montréal)

When:   Friday, November 18, 2016 3:00-5:00 pm

Where: Concordia Philosophy Department, 2145 Mackay, S 201


Moods are familiar, but their nature is elusive. After presenting three important characteristics of paradigmatic moods, like anxiety or irritability, I discuss the main accounts that have been proposed in the literature, namely, dispositional accounts and accounts according to which moods are emotions of a kind, such as the generalized emotions account. I argue that these accounts are flawed and have to be replaced by the view that moods concern the likelihood of evaluative possibilities.

All are welcome!