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Humans and Other Animals: Challenging the Boundaries of Humanity


11 - 12 June 2010
Institute of Philosophy, London

Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, Manchester, and the Institute of Philosophy, London in cooperation with the Wellcome Trust held a two-day conference, Humans and Other Animals: Challenging the Boundaries of Humanity.

The conference sought to examine and challenge the boundaries so often drawn in philosophy, as elsewhere, between humans and other animals. It brought together leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines including philosophy and ethics, law, behavioural psychology, cognitive ethology, primatology and sociology in order to question the legitimacy and utility of such distinctions and thereby explore the moral and philosophical meanings of humanity and being human.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Patrick Bateson
  • Dr Juan Carlos Gomez
  • Dr Lisa Bortolotti
  • Professor John Harris
  • Professor Margot Brazier
  • Dr Matteo Mameli
  • Professor Sarah Cunningham Burley
  • Professor Raymond Tallis
  • Professor David DeGrazia
  • Professor Frans De Waal

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As part of this event, Professor Frans de Waal gave a free public lecture at the Wellcome Trust in London entitled ‘Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans’.