RESEARCH

 

Current Research

 

My current research focuses on the nature and moral value of agency in non-human animals. I'm especially interested in the value of choice for animals and the ways in which we undermine animals' agency aswell as what impact this has on animals' well-being in cases where there is no obvious physical or psychological harm.

 

Publications

 

  • (Forthcoming) 'An Argument Against Treating Non-Human Animal Bodies as Commodities' in The Journal Of Value Inquiry.

 

Book Reviews

 

  • (2018) 'Review of Natalie Thomas' Animal Ethics and the Autonomous Animal Self' in Vol. 8, No. 2, The Oxford Journal of Animal Ethics.

Talks

  • 'Against the Sentience Account’ in the Value of Sentience: Empathy, Vulnerability and Recognition at University College Dublin (8th March, 2018)
     

  • 'Animals and Agency' in Leeds Animal Studies Network Seminar Series, University of Leeds (8th November 2017)

 

  • ‘Do Animals Matter? An Introduction to Animal Ethics’ University of the 3rd Age Lecture Series at Inkwell Arts Café, Leeds (15th May 2017)

  • 'Human Products, Animal Products and the Commodification of Corpses' in the Third Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School: The Ethics of Eating Animals at the University of Oxford (24-27th July 2016)

 

  • ‘The Agency Account of Moral Status’ in Ethical Theories and the Animal Issue: Between Science and Philosophy at the University of Milan (UNIMI) (16-17th June 2016)

 

  • ‘The Agency Account of Moral Status’ in Leeds Centre for Ethics and Metaethics Seminar at the University of Leeds (16th March 2016)

 

  • ‘Using Animal Products and the Commodification of Corpses’ in Leeds Applied Ethics Seminar at the University of Leeds (10th February 2016)

 

  • ‘Using Animal Products and the Commodification of Corpses’ in Leeds Philosophy Postgraduate Seminar at the University of Leeds (23rd October 2015)

 

  • ‘Do we Owe Dead Animals Respect?’ in Society of European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy Joint Annual Conference: New Frontiers at the University of Dundee (3rd-5th September 2015)

 

  • ‘A Move Towards Agency as the Condition for Moral Status’ in Understanding Value IV at the University of Sheffield (29th-31st July 2015)

 

  • ‘Do we Owe Dead Animals Respect?’ in Nonhuman Animals and Posthuman Futures Graduate Symposium at the University of Warwick (17th July 2015)

 

  • ‘Against the Genetic Account of Moral Status’ in Leeds Philosophy Postgraduate Seminar at the University of Leeds (14th November 2014)

 

  • ‘The Moral Significance of Interests’ in British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) Annual Conference at the University of Leeds (9th-12th September 2014).

 

  • ‘Against the Genetic Account of Moral Status’ in Understanding Value III at the University of Sheffield (23rd-25th July 2014).

 

  • ‘Response to Nicola Kemp’s “Necessity and Liability to Defensive Harm: a reply to Firth and Quong’” in White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum at the University of Leeds (7th May 2014).

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