BHS Advisor Monica List to speak in the Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series this month

In addition to serving as the BHS advisor, Monica List is also a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. She earned a veterinary medicine degree from the National University of Costa Rica in 2002, and an MA degree in bioethics, also from the National University, in 2011. She will be sharing from her expertise unique and fascinating insights into the relationship of human and the animal Other.

Her research interest include: environmental philosophy, sustainability, animal ethics, veterinary ethics, development ethics, and bioethics.

Eeek! How fears shape our ethical relationships with animal and human others

The other is a being, human or animal, who has the power to place inescapable ethical demands on us as social beings. To be other also means to be different in fundamental ways; these differences are precisely what makes others unknowable, something that can never be fully grasped. Such differences also foster fears toward others that are not always recognizable; furthermore, admitting fears to ourselves, especially when they relate to human others, may prove to be an especially difficult task. The difficulty of bridging the chasm between ourselves and others increases in special ethical encounters, including for instance, doctor- patient relationships. Exploring and understanding the fear dynamic through the lens of our fear of animal others may be a useful tool in recognizing and addressing our fears of human others, as a relevant component of our ethical relationships.

Join us for Monica’s lecture on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from noon till 1 pm in person or online:

In person: The lecture will take place in East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus, in the Patenge Room (C102). Directions. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Online: Here are some instructions for your first time joining the webinar, or if you have attended or viewed them before, go to the meeting!

Event flyer: BB_Webinar ad oct 12_13

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