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Lori Gruen, PhD

2014-08-01 12.48.49 I’m a Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University.  I also co-coordinate Wesleyan Animal Studies, direct the Ethics in Society Project, and chair the faculty advisory committee for the Center for Prison Education.

My work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and ethical practice, with a particular focus on ethical issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals.

Most of my work is guided by two broad philosophical commitments. First, is the belief that ethics should be aimed primarily at enhancing well-being. I am usually considered a consequentialist, although my consequentialism is distinct from familiar forms of consequentialism in a number of ways. The second philosophical commitment that motivates and is expressed in my work is a commitment to justice, although my interest in justice tends to identify unjust distributions of benefits and burdens in areas that have previously been set to the side by others working on questions of justice. So, for example, I am concerned about the ways in which environmental degradation or advances in biotechnologies disproportionately harms poor communities, communities of color, women and children. In addition to the familiar concerns about injustice against certain individuals or communities of people, my work is also centrally concerned with injustice to non-humans.

I am the author most recently of Ethics and Animals:  An Introduction and editor of The Ethics of Captivity and Ecofeminism:  Feminist Intersections with other Animals and the Earth.

My CV can be downloaded: Gruenvita2014