Category: Philosophy of Science

Routledge A Level Philosophy

This very useful and secondary school student appropriate website, is targeted at students in Year 12 and 13. It covers a range of topics including reason and experience, why should I be governed? Why should I be moral? The idea of God, persons, knowledge of the external world, tolerance, the value of art, God and […]

Century of the Self

Title: Century of the Self Director: Adam Curtis Distributor: BBC From the producers: The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in Britain and the United States. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? Sigmund Freud’s work into the […]

What the Bleep do we know

Title: What the Bleep Do We Know? 2004 Hopscotch Entertainment This documentary follows the story of a woman who starts to question the nature of reality. It also contains many interviews with scientists, philosophers and spiritual figures. It links quantum physics with modern-day spirituality. Clip 1: ‘What is Reality: a philosopher’s question’ This clip explores […]

Why Its Wrong to Test on Animals

This accessible article presents some arguments against animal testing. It also links, throughout, to articles on related topics. The author argues that ‘vivisection is antithetical to animal rights because animals have a right to be free from experimentation, imprisonment, and killing.’ She details the relationship between animal experimentation and human progress, and suggests that ‘[j]ust […]

The Moral Status of Animals by Lori Gruen

The introduction to this article provides a succinct entry-point into current debates on animal ethics. It raises questions concerning the sources of our obligations to other species, and details the various stances that philosophers take in relation to the differences that exist between humans and animals. While the article itself is challenging, teachers might find […]

The Meatrix

‘The Meatrix is all around you. It is the story we tell ourselves about where meat and animal products come from.’ These audio visual clips provide an accessible entry-point into discussions relating to animal ethics. By exposing some of the practices of those corporations that deal in animal products, the clips force those watching them […]

The Future in Your Hands

This short documentary introduces a range of issues relating to animal welfare. Unlike most of the audio visual material that exists relating to animal ethics, this clip does not contain very many unsettling images…

Rethinking Humane Meat by Alex Melonas

This article argues that the move towards consuming ‘humane meat’ (that is, meat which is produced through the ‘humane’ treatment of animals) is ‘a self-serving attempt to satisfy our selfish desire to keep eating animals and to disguise this selfishness as a truly ethical commitment.’ The author suggests that eating meat is not necessary, and […]

BBC Ethics Guide

This ‘ethics guide’ links to a number of accessible resources, which present issues pertaining to animal ethics. Resources are grouped under headings, including: Overview, Rights and ethics, Using animals, Defending animals, Religious views, Animal-friendly lifestyles, and Audio features. While most of the articles are very accessible, some are replete with arguments and others are not. […]