Colloquium: Would Controlled Extinction of Carnivorous Species be a Good Thing?

Colloquium: Would Controlled Extinction of Carnivorous Species be a Good Thing?

This Fall Term EKU Libraries will continue its effort to encourage casual dialogue across disciplinary boundaries among faculty and students by hosting hour-long, informally moderated colloquiums on selected Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in the new Crabbe Library Research and Instruction Commons Conference Room, 204G.

Each colloquium will be devoted to text, video or audio material chosen by a faculty member who will also moderate the discussion. The material may be of any subject, scholarly or topical, peer-reviewed or popular, including original work, fiction and poetry. The only requirement is that the item(s) under discussion be accessible online (including, of course, any of EKU Libraries’ many subscription resources).

This Friday, Dr. Matthew Pianalto will moderate discussion of philosopher Jeff McMahan’s The Meat Eaters and Predators: A Response:

Suppose that we could arrange the gradual extinction of carnivorous species, replacing them with new herbivorous ones.  Or suppose that we could intervene genetically, so that currently carnivorous species would gradually evolve into herbivorous ones…  If we could bring about the end of predation by one or the other of these means at little cost to ourselves, ought we to do it?

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Refreshments kindly provided by EKU Student Government Association.

Faculty interested in participating as moderators are encouraged to contact Rob Sica.