Speakers

20Keynote Speaker, Peter Singer has challenged traditional notions of applied ethics for over thirty years. He is world famous for giving the impetus to the animal rights movement. Today he holds the chair of ethics at Princeton University. Singer has also held twice the chair of philosophy in his native land at Monash University where he also founded the Centre for Human Bioethics.

Peter Singer is a rationalist philosopher in the Anglo-American tradition of utilitarianism. He teaches “practical ethics”, which he defines as the application of a morality to practical problems based on philosophical thinking rather than on religious beliefs. In 2009 Singer would make it to the Time magazine list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”.


Keynote Speaker, Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project.

He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the United States and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Steve teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Vermont, Lewis and Clark, University of Miami, and St. Thomas Law Schools, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard Law School and John Marshall Law School.

He is the author of four books: Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000), Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003), Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005), and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009), and working on a fifth, which will be a memoir about the Nonhuman Rights Project.

He has authored numerous law review, encyclopedia, and popular articles. His work for the legal rights of nonhuman animals was highlighted on Dateline NBC and was the subject of the documentary, A Legal Person.

He regularly travels the world lecturing on animal rights jurisprudence and the Nonhuman Rights Project, and is a frequent guest on television and radio discussing animal rights law and the Nonhuman Rights Project.


George Dvorsky. Canadian futurist, science writer, and ethicist George Dvorsky has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology—particularly as they pertain to the improvement of human performance and experience.

George is a contributing editor at io9 where he writes about science, culture, and futurism. A founding member of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, he is Chair of the Board and is the founder and program director for its Rights of Non-Human Persons program. In addition, George is the co-founder and president of the Toronto Transhumanist Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Humanity+ for two terms.

George’s work has been featured in such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, CBC, Forbes, the New York Times, Slate, Radio Free Europe, and al-Jazeera. He is also an avid CrossFitter, an ancestral health enthusiast, and an accomplished music performer, composer, and recording engineer.


Annette01Annette Lanjouw, Arcus Foundation Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Great Apes Program, was director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme for 15 years before joining Arcus. Prior to that, she served as scientific advisor to wildlife filmmaker Alan Root, as Central Africa program officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and as project manager and field director for the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Chimpanzee Conservation Project in eastern DRC. She was also the international program officer for the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. A native of the Netherlands, Annette holds a BSc in zoology and psychology from Victoria University in New Zealand and doctorandus degree in behavioral ecology from the Rijks Universiteit in the Netherlands. Abstract


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Dr. Jeanann S. Boyce has extensive experience as an educator and trainer in Education and Computer Systems over the past thirty years. She received her undergraduate degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University and her master’s and doctorate in computer-based information systems for career education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her wide teaching background spans business, computer, and management courses from the undergraduate through doctoral levels. She is currently Professor of Computer Science and Business and coordinator of the Computer Science and Applications programs, Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus, of Maryland. She specializes in teaching artificial intelligence programming and systems and intelligent agents. In addition, she is one of the lead faculty involved on the 11-school Advanced Technology Centers Cyberwatch grant for the National Science Foundation since the inception of the program. In addition, she was elected to the National Board of the Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education (www.cisse.org).

Dr. Boyce is recognized as a leader in biotechnology and ethics. She has written extensively on bioethical issues such as regenerative medicine and bioprinting. And has pioneered some the discussions on the impact of neuro/nanotechnology. Abstract

medium_lindaglennLinda MacDonald Glenn is a bioethicist, healthcare educator, lecturer, consultant and attorney. Her extensive experience and passion for the issues facing the legal, nursing, and healthcare professions make her a compelling and thought-provoking lecturer.

Formerly a fellow with the Institute of Ethics of the American Medical Association, and current Women’s Bioethics Project Scholar, Linda Macdonald Glenn’s research encompasses the legal, ethical, and social impact of emerging technologies and evolving notions of personhood.

Linda currently holds faculty appointments at the University Of Vermont College Of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, and the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Department of Biomedical Writing. An active lecturer, Linda has spoken at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Loyola University at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School and various law schools. She has also addressed numerous public and professional groups internationally.

Prior to returning to an academic setting, Linda MacDonald Glenn consulted and practiced as a trial attorney with an emphasis in patient advocacy, bioethical and biotechnology issues, end of life decision-making, reproductive rights, genetics, neuroethics, parental/biological issues (aka nature vs. nurture), and animal rights. She was the lead attorney in several precedent-setting bioethics legal cases.

Linda has advised governmental leaders and agencies, and published numerous articles in professional journals. Her most recent articles include “To Sail Beyond the Sunset: Navigating the Uncharted Territory of Converging Technologies” in the Fall 2005 ASBH exchange and “Keeping An Open Mind: What Legal Safeguards are needed?” in the recent American Journal of Bioethics on Neuroethics (March/April 2005).

In addition to her current educational, lecture and consultation work, Linda is writing several articles regarding evolving notions of personhood and maintains an ongoing blog (www.womensbioethics.blogspot.com) as a Women’s Bioethics Project Scholar. Abstract


hopkins5Patrick Hopkins an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET, is a philosopher and ethicist who combines a life-long love of science fiction with academic scholarship on very real-world issues of science and technology. After receiving a B.A. in experimental psychology from the University of Mississippi, he worked as a research assistant at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta and later in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

While still enamored of science, Hopkins decided he was better suited for studying the cultural, moral, and theological dimensions of science and technology rather than actually doing scientific research. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and had a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He now teaches at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Professor Hopkins has published a number of articles on biomedical ethics, science and technology studies, gender studies, and religious studies. He has edited a book on gender and technology, Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender, and Technology, and is currently working on a companion volume focusing on race, ethnicity, and technology as well as a book on the relationship between technology and nature. Abstract


James Hughes Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, is a bioethicist and sociologist at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut where he teaches health policy and serves as Director of Institutional Research and Planning. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago, where he also taught bioethics at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Hughes is author of Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future , and is working on a second book tentatively titled Cyborg Buddha. Since 1999 he has produced a syndicated weekly radio program, Changesurfer Radio.

He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of Humanity+, the Neuroethics Society, the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the Working Group on Ethics and Technology at Yale University.

Dr. Hughes speaks on medical ethics, health care policy and future studies worldwide.


medium_lagrandeurKevin LaGrandeur is Associate Professor of English at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and Director of Technical Writing Programs.  He began exploring the intersections between digital technology, culture, philosophy, and English studies in the early 1990’s and was an early adopter of digital technology in the English classroom.  Dr. LaGrandeur has written many articles and conference presentations on digital culture; Artificial Intelligence and ethics; and literature and science.  His publications have appeared in journals such as Computers & Texts, Computers and the Humanities, and Science Fiction Studies; in books such as Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media; and in popular publications such as United Press International (UPI), where he recently published an Op-Ed piece on future protocols for developing Artificial Intelligence, called “The Mars Landing and Artificial Intelligence.”  His recent book on the premodern cultural history of AI is titled Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2012).  His more recent conference presentations have been on transhumanism and the posthuman.

Dr. LaGrandeur has been awarded a variety of grants based on his work, including a Summer NEH grant to participate in a research seminar on computers and English Studies(1995), a fellowship from Hofstra University’s Center for Teaching Excellence to develop a training course for faculty on computer-assisted instruction (1997), a software grant from the Daedalus Corporation to help develop computer-interactive writing courses at Hofstra University (1993-96), an NYIT/New York State DAV Grant (2001) to develop online course materials for Disabled Veterans, and an NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology Grant (2001-2002) to develop Web Design/Web Communication curriculum; he was also a participant in the NYIT/NY State Virtual Learning Space Grant (fall 2002) to help develop online training site for NY State teachers, and has been awarded several grants to work on the book mentioned above.  He has been on the educational technology committees of two universities, spent two years as the chair of one of them, and was also on the educational technology grant review committee for NYIT. Abstract


fenton100Andrew Fenton Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, California State University, Fresno, and Adjunct of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University.

My research interests are the philosophical implications of re-seeing many nonhuman animals as living within norm-laden contexts of action. In particular, I am interested in how such a re-seeing can enrich traditional discussions of epistemic justification, including evidence gathering, as well as pro-social behavior and its relation to moral agency.

It has also contributed to my interest in animal research ethics, particularly in the area of nonhuman primate research, and how our growing knowledge of nonhuman primate agential capacities ought to change our attitudes about seeking their participation in captive research. I am also interested in the nature and extent of cognitive diversity in humans and how this ought to impact societal approaches to difference in cognitive capacities among these individuals.

The latter interest has lead me to explore not only some of the assumptions or arguments that give rise to seeing certain humans (e.g., autistic individuals) as ‘dysfunctional’ but to problematizing judgments or descriptions that highlight difference to the detriment of accepting variation. Abstract


medium_wallachWendell Wallach is a consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He chairs the Center’s working research group on Technology and Ethics and is a member of other research groups on Animal Ethics, End of Life Issues, Neuroethics, and PTSD. Wendell co-authored (with Colin Allen) Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong (Oxford University Press 2009), which maps the new field of enquiry variously called machine ethics, machine morality, computational morality, or friendly AI.

Formerly, he was a founder and the President of two computer consulting companies, Farpoint Solutions and Omnia Consulting Inc. Among the clients served by his companies were PepsiCo International, United Aircraft, and the State of Connecticut.

Wendell also serves on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT and is an associate editor for the journal TopiCS in Cognitive Science. His hobby/avocation is building stained glass windows. He is presently writing a book on the societal, ethical, and public policy challenges arising from technologies that enhance human faculties by altering the mind/body. Another book in progress explores the ways in which cognitive science, new technologies, and introspective practices are altering our understanding of human decision-making and ethics. Abstract


medium_rothblattMartine Rothblatt, a charter member of IEET’s Board of Trustees, is responsible for launching several satellite communications companies including the first nationwide vehicle location system (Geostar, 1983), the first private international spacecom project (PanAmSat, 1984), the first global satellite radio network (WorldSpace, 1990), and the first non-geostationary satellite-to-car broadcasting system (Sirius, 1990). As an attorney-entrepreneur she also was responsible for leading the efforts to obtain worldwide approval, via new international treaties, of satellite orbit/spectrum allocations for space-based navigation services (1987) and for direct-to-person satellite radio transmissions (1992). In the 1990s, Dr. Rothblatt entered the life sciences field by leading the International Bar Association’s project to develop a draft Human Genome Treaty for the United Nations (submitted in 1999), and by founding a biotechnology company, United Therapeutics (1996). Dr. Rothblatt is the author of books on satellite communications technology (Radiodetermination Satellite Services and Standards, Artech, 1987), gender freedom (Apartheid of Sex, Crown, 1995), genomics (Unzipped Genes, Temple University Press, 1997) and xenotransplantation (Your Life or Mine, Ashgate House, 2003). She is also cyberscripted and produced one of the first cybermuseums, the World Against Racism Museum. Abstract


medium_brinDavid Brin, a scientist and best-selling author whose future-oriented novels include Earth, The Postman, and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising and The Uplift War, is a 2010 Fellow of the IEET. Brin is known as a leading commentator on modern technological, social, and political trends. His nonfiction book The Transparent Society won the Freedom of Speech Award from the American Library Association. Brin’s most recent novel, Kiln People, explores a fictional near future when people use cheap copies of themselves to be in two places at once. The Life Eaters—a graphic novel—explores a chilling alternative outcome of World War II. David’s newest novel – Existence – is now available, published by Tor Books. Abstract


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Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence who is the Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy and Science Director for The Nonhuman Rights Project. She has also been on the faculty of Emory University for over 18 years. She is internationally known for her work on the evolution of brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales and comparisons to primates.

She has published and presented critiques of dolphin assisted therapy and the effects of captivity on large, social mammals and in 2010 testified before Congress on the paucity of evidence for the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry. She continues to work as an expert witness and consultant for many other animal advocacy organizations on the issue of captivity.

In 2001 she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins after which she decided against further research with captive animals. For the past ten years, she has published numerous empirical and review papers on human-nonhuman animal relationships, including the psychological and philosophical bases of animal exploitation. Abstract


RobertRobert C. Jones received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005 where his doctoral research examined the moral significance of nonhuman animal cognition. His professional research investigates the substantive cognitive properties that bear on the ethical treatment and moral considerability of both human and nonhuman animals. In addition, his research includes food ethics, environmental ethics, mind and cognition, species studies, and the question of what it is to be human.

Robert has been a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and a visiting researcher for the Ethics in Society Project at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and most recently a Summer Fellow at the Animals & Society Institute. He has given talks at Stanford, Yale, Wesleyan, UCLA, and the University of Auckland. Robert joined the faculty of California State University, Chico, in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Abstract


22492_saskia_stucki_-_photo_cdb1f20e4609dfa1403391bb2911bf82Saskia L. Stucki, (MLaw) is the coordinator of the doctoral programme, Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads of the Law School of the University of Basel. She graduated from law school in 2011 (summa cum laude) and is since working on her doctoral thesis on basic rights for animals. Her area of research comprises the critical analysis of contemporary animal protection law, the theoretical foundation of nonhuman legal personhood and animals’ legal capacity to be subjects of rights as well as the legal theory of animal rights. Saskia Stucki has given several conference talks on Swiss animal law and the concept of animal rights from a legal theoretical perspective. She has authored an article (in German) on the legal personhood of animals (Rechtstheoretische Reflexionen zur Begrundung eines tierlichen Rechtssubjekts, in: Margot Michel/Daniela Kuhne/Julia Hanni (eds), Animal Law – Tier und Recht, Zurich 2012) and is co-editor (together with Prof. Dr. iur. Anne Peters and Livia Boscardin, M.A.) of the anthology, Animal Law: Reform or Revolution?” (forthcoming).

Other areas of interest cover international human rights law and international humanitarian law, with particular regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abstract


Yaniv_HeledYaniv Heled is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University College of Law, where he teaches Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Law and Emerging Technologies.  Professor Heled’s research involves topics at the intersection of law and the life sciences.  His current research focuses on bioethical limitations on the patentability of certain technologies, the extent of one’s rights to their genetic code, and the regulation of bio-pharmaceuticals (a.k.a. biologics).  Prior to joining the GSU College of Law in 2011, Professor Heled practiced intellectual property law at Goodwin Procter LLP.

Professor Heled earned a J.S.D. from Columbia University School of Law.  His doctoral dissertation focused on the regulation of novel biomedical technologies.  Professor Heled also holds an LL.M. from Columbia, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an LL.B. and undergraduate Diploma in Biology, magna cum laude, from Tel Aviv University. Abstract


Pablo de Lora (diciembre 2011)Pablo de Lora is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the School of Law of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) where he teaches Legal Reasoning and Legal Theory. He received his Ph.D in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and after his initial research on some philosophical aspects of constitutional law and human rights, has written extensively on animal rights and bioethics. His most recent papers deal with organ transplantation and medical brain drain. His book Justice for Animals (Justicia para los animales, Madrid, 2003) received the Fundación Grífols i Lucas prize for the best book in Bioethics written in Spanish in 2003. In 2010 he testified as an expert at the Catalonian Parliament during the debate about the banning of bullfighting.

He has been guest professor in several Latin-American Universities (México, Colombia, Perú, Argentina and Bolivia) and has been visiting researcher at the Division of Medical Ethics (Harvard University) during the 2011-2012 academic year. Abstract


5bio5 Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies.  Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She  has been involved in animal issues as a writer, teacher, and activist for over 25 years. She is the author, most recently, of the book Ethics and Animals (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and has just finished 2 edited volumes Ethics of Captivity (Oxford University Press) and with co-editor Carol Adams Ecofeminism:  Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (Bloombury Press).  She is currently working on a book exploring human relations to captive chimpanzees which draws lessons from the lives of some of the chimpanzees she has come to know, respect, and love. Abstract


mountainmMichael Mountain is Past President and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.
Best Friends was a driving force behind the growth of the no-kill movement in the 1990s, at a time when more than 15 million homeless dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year. Today, that number has dropped to about 3 million each year.

In 2008, Michael stepped down from Best Friends to devote his time to the needs of other animals. Today, he is Communications Director for the Nonhuman Rights Project, which is working to achieve legal personhood for certain nonhuman animals, and is on the board of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy. He also maintains a blog at www.earthintransition.org, where he comments on animal and environmental-related news and issues. Abstract


rubin456654Jessica Rubin teaches primarily in UConn Law’s rigorous Lawyering Process program, where her course offerings include Legal Research and Writing; Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation; and an online summer term course on the drafting of contracts. Professor Rubin also teaches Animal Law – a field in which she is a widely recognized expert – and a course in legal analysis, research and writing in the United States legal system for international students pursuing their LL.M. degrees at UConn Law. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Rubin, who serves on the faculty’s Curriculum Reform Committee, was a member of Shipman & Goodwin’s business law practice.

A member of the Connecticut and New York Bars and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Professor Rubin’s main areas of legal and scholarly interest include: practical skills instruction, with a focus on business transactional lawyering; writing and research instruction; academic support; and animal law, a subject about which she organized in partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association a recent on-campus symposium entitled, “Animal Cruelty: Legal Challenges and Potential Solutions.” During the summer of 2013, Rubin traveled to Bilgi University in Istanbul, where she taught United States law and legal writing for the Open Society Foundation. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School. Abstract


Karen-DavisKaren Davis, PhD is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns (www.upc-online.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her articles have appeared in Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations, Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals, Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Sister Species, Encyclopedia of Animals and Humans, and Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Animal-Human Encounters.

Her books include Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities, and A Home For Henny. Karen Davis and her work were profiled in the Ark Trust Genesis-Award Winning article, “For the Birds” in The Washington Post and she is in the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame “for outstanding contributions to animal liberation.” www.upc-online.org/karenbio.htm

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Malcolm_Wright_Yale_bio_photoMalcolm Wright is a writer, director and conservationist.  After studies in Marine Biology and Film at the University of Miami, Malcolm engaged in a highly successful visual effects career, contributing to productions such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and King Kong, I Robot, Charlotte’s Web, The Waterhorse, and James Cameron’s Avatar.  He founded Quiet Heart Film, feeling an urgency to direct his energies towards stories that can unlock solutions to key social, ethical and environmental challenges of our times.

The grand son of celebrated African American author Richard Wright, Malcolm brings an international, literary, historical and political perspective to his creative projects – and seeks to inspire and empower individuals and communities to become engaged with creative solutions. Abstract


Leah_Lemieux_Yale_bio_photoLeah Lemieux is an author, lecturer, researcher and videographer, who has been involved with cetacean protection, education and conservation initiatives for over twenty years.  Her work, collaborating with key individuals and NGOs, takes her to many different countries, including Japan and the remote Faroe Islands, focusing on developing educational tools to foster positive solutions from within whaling nations.

He then founded Quiet Heart Film, feeling an urgency to direct his energies towards stories that can unlock solutions to key social, ethical and environmental challenges of our times.  The grand son of celebrated African American author Richard Wright, Malcolm brings an international, literary, historical and political perspective to his creative projects– and seeks to inspire and empower individuals and communities to become engaged with creative solutions. Abstract


Wynn_1Wynn Schwartz, Ph.D. did his undergraduate studies at Duke University and received his Ph.D. in clinical and experimental psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He trained as a research psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is on the core faculty of The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Extension School.

Wynn’s research is within Descriptive Psychology, a discipline concerned with exploring and clarifying “The Person Concept”.  This work is an attempt to create a common foundation for the human sciences by explicating and interrelating the fundamental concepts of Individual Person, Action, Language and World.  An example can be found in his 1982 essay, “The Problem of Other Possible Persons: Dolphins, Primates, and Aliens.”

His experimental studies have focused on dreaming, memory and problem representation, and on hypnosis and episodic memory. His conceptual studies have centered on action and responsibility, the concept of “hypnosis”, and the parameters of empathy.

Wynn maintains a psychotherapy and supervision practice in Boston where he works with individuals and couples. His blog can be found: http://freedomliberationreaction.blogspot.com

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Samir_ChopraSamir Chopra is Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He earned a BA in Mathematical Statistics from Delhi University (1984), an MS in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1990) and a PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York (2000). He has worked on logics for belief revision and merging; his current research interests include pragmatism, Nietzsche, the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence, philosophy of law, the legal theory of artificial agents, and the politics and ethics of technology. Samir is a blogger at The Cordon, ESPN-Cricinfo, and at samirchopra.com. He can also be found at: samirchopra.tumblr.com and on Twitter as @EyeOnThePitch. Abstract


animalethicsFr. Alfred Marek Wierzbicki was born in 1957. He is currently the Head of the Chair of Ethics of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, and the Director of the John Paul II Institute of this university.

In his research work, he continues the personalist approach to ethics initiated by Karol Wojtyła, who was the Head of the Chair of Ethics of the Catholic University of Lublin from 1956 to 1978. The research adavnced by Fr. Alfred Marek Wierzbicki focuses on the grounding principles of ethics, the history of ethics, and the problems of the newest applied ethics (such as bioethics, social ethics, political ethics, and professional ethics).

He has authored four books on ethics: The Ethics of Struggle for Liberation: Towards a Personalistic Interpretation of the Principle of Non-Violence (Frankfurt am Main 1992), Spotkania na placu [Encounters on the Agora] (Lublin 2001); Filozofia a totalitaryzm [Philosophy Facing Totalitarianism](Lublin 2005); Polska Jana Pawła II [John Paul II’s Poland] (Lublin 2011), as well as over a hundred papers on ethics.

Fr. Alfred Marek Wierzbicki is Editor-in-Chief of a scholarly Quartertly Ethos. The current issue of this journal (vol. 26, No. 2 (102)), a volume of over 300 pages, is the first publication in Polish which addresses the issues of animal ethics so extensively. The volume in question has already received a vivid response in the media as well as in the academic milieus in Poland. Abstract


Steve-Fuller-002Steve Fuller is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. Originally trained in history and philosophy of science, Fuller is best known for his foundational work in the field of ‘social epistemology’, which is concerned with the normative grounds of organized inquiry. ‘Social epistemology’ is also the name of a quarterly journal that he founded in 1987 as well as the first of his twenty books. He has most recently authored a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan: Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (2011), Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 (2012) and (with Veronika Lipinska) The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (2013). Abstract


wenneman2Daryl Wennemann received his Ph. D. in philosophy from Marquette University in 1994. He has been teaching philosophy at Fontbonne University since 1996. He teaches ethics and a course in critical thinking. He has authored three books, Applied Professional Ethics (co-authored with Gregory Beabout), Capitalism and Community in the Information Age (in a Kindle format), and Posthuman Personhood (University Press of America, May, 2013).

He has published sixteen articles including “Freedom”, Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed., Carl Mitcham, MacMillan, June 1, 2005. “Kant”, Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, ed., Carl Mitcham, MacMillan, June 1, 2005. “Jacques Ellul’s Assessment of the Thought of Karl Marx”, published in the Journal of Professional Proceedings of the Philosophy Delegation to the People’s Republic of China, 2001. “The Future of Work and the Worker: Peter Drucker’s Search for Community”, The Halcyon Series, Western Futures, vol. 22, Jan., 2000, pp 125-140. “The Role of Love in the Thought of Kant and Kierkegaard”, proceedings of the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Paideia: Philosophy Educating Humanity, March 2000 Abstract


bodington_nhrJim Bodington is currently a PhD student in philosophy at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he also teaches courses in critical thinking. Prior to attending the University of New Mexico, Jim graduated from Suffolk University and Boston University. His research interests include 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, Wittgenstein, and applied ethics, particularly ethics of technology and animal ethics. Jim has presented work in psychoanalysis, neuroscience and the phenomenology of religious experience. He is the co-author, with Iain Thomson, of “In Defense of Finite but Meaningful Lives: Thinking after Nietzsche and Heidegger,” forthcoming in an anthology from Wiley-Blackwell. Abstract


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