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The Multi-Species Community

David Egan

Leader

David Egan

David Egan has degrees in philosophy from Oxford (DPhil, 2012), the University of Toronto (MA, 2006), and Harvard (BA, 2000). He has taught philosophy and the humanities at a number of institutions, including Oxford, McMaster University, the University of Chicago, Hunter College at the City University of New York, and Outer Coast. He is the author of numerous articles and essays and a book, The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is currently working on a book about humans and animals. David teaches philosophy online to the general public at eganphilosophy.com

The densely settled and sedentary communities that are the norm for almost all human beings today are multi-species communities.

Date

Mar 21 2023

Time

French time
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Online

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

Category

The densely settled and sedentary communities that are the norm for almost all human beings today are multi-species communities. Human beings share their homes with cats and dogs, they consume the meat, milk, and eggs of domesticated animals, and they share these spaces with birds, rodents, and other animals that have adapted to urban life. Despite the presence of this variety of species, we have a tendency to call these settlements “human” communities. This is a mistake not just factually but historically. Dense human settlement depends on the domestication of plants and other animals: from the beginning, we formed these communities with other species. If we came to recognize our community not as a human community but as an essentially multi-species one, how would that change us, change our minds –both in terms of our relationship with our fellow creatures and in terms of our understanding of ourselves?

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David Egan

Leader

David Egan

David Egan has degrees in philosophy from Oxford (DPhil, 2012), the University of Toronto (MA, 2006), and Harvard (BA, 2000). He has taught philosophy and the humanities at a number of institutions, including Oxford, McMaster University, the University of Chicago, Hunter College at the City University of New York, and Outer Coast. He is the author of numerous articles and essays and a book, The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is currently working on a book about humans and animals. David teaches philosophy online to the general public at eganphilosophy.com

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