The Irish Philosophical Society, in conjunction with Philosophy at Carlow College, St Patrick's will hold its annual 2017 conference (and AGM) entitled ‘Humans and Other Animals’ on the 3rd and 4th of November 2017 at Carlow College, St Patrick's.


The debate surrounding the relationship between humans and non-human animals has a long history, and this interdisciplinary conference aims to bring a variety of views and activities together to explore the nature of this relationship and how it ought to be. We envision this as both an academic conference and also as an exercise in Public Philosophy with a range of speakers on themes that we hope will reach out to those for whom the role and status of the animal in current society is an issue.


Conference Schedule.PDF 

Keynote Speakers

Dr Anthony Milligan, King’s College London.  

Paper Title: ‘The Ethics of Love for Animals’

Tony Milligan is a Teaching Fellow in Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London. He is the author of numerous articles on animals, love and politics, as well as the author of The Next Democracy (2016), Animal Ethics: The Basics (2015), Nobody Owns the Moon (2015), Civil Disobedience (2013), Love (Acumen, 2011); and Beyond Animal Rights (Continuum, 2010); and the co-editor of The Ethics of Space Exploration (2016) and Love and its Objects (2014). He specialises in the ethical relations between the human and the non-human and is currently co-editing a volume on Robots, Power, and Relationships. 


Dr Pippa Hackett, Green Party Spokesperson on Agriculture and Animal Welfare,

Paper Title: Who Protects Ireland’s animals?

Pippa holds a BSc in Agriculture, a postgraduate diploma in Equine Science, and a PhD in Equine Biomechanics. She is the Green Party spokesperson on Agriculture, and on Animal Welfare. She took leave from academia at the University of Limerick to raise her family, and helps run the family’s organic beef and sheep farm with her husband Mark and four young children. She is a keen and competitive runner, and loves all things outdoors!


Dr Ben Bramble, Trinity College Dublin.  

Paper Title: Moral Problems of Lab-Grown Meat

Ben Bramble is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. His main research is in moral philosophy, social & political philosophy, and applied ethics. A focus of his work in recent years has been well-being, both its nature, and its relevance for value theory and policy debates. 


Professor Gary L. Francione, Rutgers University and University of East Anglia

Paper Title: "Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, and the Status of Animals as Property"

Gary L. Francione is Distinguished Professor of Law and Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University (U.S.) and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia (U.K.) He has written extensively on animal ethics and animals and the law. In addition to articles and encyclopedia entries concerning animal rights and abolitionism, his books include: Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach (2015); The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (2010); Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (2008); Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000); Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996); and Animals, Property, and the Law (1995). He is the co-editor of a Columbia University Press series, Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science and Law.