Virtual Lunch & Learn:

Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 12:00pm
Presented by Native American Studies Center
This is a virtual event taking place online. Check below for details on how to access and/or register.

"Just Like an Animal? A Philosophical Examination of our Ethical Assumptions about Cognitive Disabilities and the Value of Animals," presented by Dr. Todd Lekan, USCL Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 

It is common for privileged groups to marginalize others by comparing them to animals. Being called “just like an animal” is taken to be a deep moral insult because of the assumption that animals have little or no moral status. Given the view that humans are superior to animals because of rationality, the diminished rational capacities of cognitively disabled people have often led to them being treated “just like animals.”

With quite different aims than oppressive denigration, animal ethics philosophers compare cognitively disabled humans to animals in order to show that animals should be accorded greater moral value. The argument from marginal cases, as it is called, attempts to show that if cognitively disabled humans and animals are sufficiently alike, and we grant strong moral status to disabled humans, then consistency demands we give similar moral status to animals. This argument has troubled disabilities advocates who argue that, however well intentioned, animal advocates are bolstering the very same sorts of prejudices that have marginalized the cognitively disabled.

To register, send your email to and the Native American Studies Center will respond with the meeting ID and password required to join the program. 

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