Following up on our last episode, Eating Animals, is it Ethical?, we’re keeping on the topic of animal ethics and philosophy, this time with an expert, and one that encapsulates beautifully the Thought For Food mission: Educational, engaging, and entertaining.
Today on the show we have Alastair Norcross, a professor at the University of Colorado in the philosophy department. Alastair hails originally from Oxford in England, but came to Syracuse University to pursue his PhD in philosophy. He focuses primarily on utilitarianism, which is a “theory in normative ethics holding that the best moral action is the one that maximizes utility. Utility is defined in various ways, but is usually related to the well-being of sentient entities.” He teaches an animal ethics course at CU Boulder, and is a passionate marathon runner, vegan, and animal lover. In the episode, we discuss:
Running and endurance sports
His journey towards philosophy and eventually animal ethics
A synopsis of his popular essay, “Puppies, Pigs, and People”
The “humane” meat myth
His diet and food philosophy
Alastair is a brilliant, comical, entertaining, and passionate person that has a lot to say about the themes we like to discuss on TFF. We love engaging and logical conversations with academics that are interested in changing the status quo. We hope you enjoy the conversation and that his arguments are compelling and help you think more critically about morality, ethics, and food.
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Alastair’s website: http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/fac_norcross.shtml
“Puppies, Pigs, and People”: http://www.colorado.edu/philosophy/heathwood/pdf/norcross.pdf
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