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'Ethics and Animals' Brown Bag series starts at CCU

February 7, 2014

“Ethics and Animals in Modern Philosophy” is the topic for the Brown Bag Lunch series at Coastal Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to this free event; no ticket is required.

This is the first of three sessions in which Eva Kort, a lecturer in CCU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will discuss ethical issues relating to animals in modern philosophy. Patrick Brissey, also a lecturer in philosophy and religious studies, will also make remarks.

This session will focus on the views of René Descartes, the 17th century French philosopher who believed that animals, though living organic creatures, could not reason and did not feel pain. Since many scientists of the time adopted this viewpoint, there was not an issue of ethics when animals were used as test subjects.

Subsequent sessions are planned including:

* Ethics and Animals in Modern Philosophy: A discussion of philosopher John Locke’s views, Tuesday, March 4, at 11:30 a.m.

* Ethics and Animals in Modern Philosophy: A discussion of philosopher Immanuel Kant’s views, Tuesday, April 1, at 11:30 a.m.

All the sessions will be held in room 101 of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at 133 Chanticleer Drive W. on the CCU campus. Parking is available near the Edwards College or next door in the Brittain Hall parking lot.

For more information about this event, contact the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values at 843-349-4149 or visit