Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019
Speaker: Wade Seale (Philosophy, University of Cape Town)
Topic: Thoughts on racism and speciesism.
Mr Seale has provided the following description of his talk:
What is the difference between distinctions on the basis of race and distinctions on the basis of species? Why is it acceptable to slaughter animals such as sheep and cows for human consumption, but not acceptable to slaughter humans on the basis of race? What are the illogicalities involved in slaughtering a sheep on a beach in a cultural ritual to exorcise racism from that beach? Is the discrimination against the sheep, i.e. taking its life, not as or even more abhorrent as that which it is meant to exorcise, i.e. racism and its associated themes of dehumanization?
Taking and accepting the various cultural practices of slaughtering animals at face value, this paper reflects on speciesism and associated moral arguments, and compares it to racism and moral arguments associated with it. The paper then sets out the basis of the personalist worldview and offers a reflection on the difference between racism and speciesism, arguing that there is an important distinction to be made between speciesism and racism, particularly insofar as the latter involves persons.
Time and venue: 8pm in Lecture Theatre 1A, Neville Alexander Building.