Justice for Animals
Martha C. Nussbaum in conversation with Jeremy Bendik-Keymer
A special event co-hosted with Boston Review!
How can we create a world in which human beings are truly friends of animals, not exploiters or users?
Animals are in trouble all over the world. Whether through the cruelties of the factory meat industry, poaching and game hunting, habitat destruction, or neglect of the companion animals that people purport to love, animals suffer injustice and horrors at our hands every day. The world needs an ethical awakening, a consciousness-raising movement of international proportions, and in this event, Martha C. Nussbaum, one of the world’s most influential philosophers and humanists, will defend a revolutionary approach to animal rights, ethics, and law. Both an urgent call to action and a manual for change, Nussbaum will look to philosophy, politics, and law to guide us towards meeting our ethical responsibilities to the other animals.
Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, the 2018 Berggruen Prize in Philosophy and Culture, and the 2020 Holberg Prize. These three prizes are regarded as the most prestigious awards available in fields not eligible for a Nobel. She has written more than twenty-two books, the latest of which, Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility, is published in January by Simon and Schuster.
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer is Professor of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include planetary justice, political imagination, and interpersonal relationships. His forthcoming book, Nussbaum’s Politics of Wonder: How the Mind’s Original Joy Is Revolutionary, will be published early next year by Bloomsbury.