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Animal Legal Philosophy

Animal Legal Philosophy - Professor Raj Reddy

  • Course Number: LAW-303
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: Although animal law is still considered a nascent field, having emerged as a distinct area of study in the 1970s, questions regarding the moral status of nonhuman animals and our legal duties, if any, toward them date back to the roots of Western civilization. In light of this early philosophical attention paid to the animals’ legal status, the objectives of this course are two-fold: first, to track the development of animal legal philosophy from early Greek and Judaic paradigms to modern jurists; and second, to interrogate if and how our legal system should extend legal protections and legal personhood to them. Depending on the interests of students, this course will put these questions into larger conversations concerning race, religion, gender, personhood arguments for other entities, and more.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Class participation, presentation, short assignments, final paper
  • Capstone: Yes
  • WIE: Yes