Monday, March 14, 2011

Professor Tom Regan ARZone Interview

Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism

A message to all members of Animal Rights Zone

ARZone is proud to announce that Professor Tom Regan has agreed to answer questions submitted by ARZone members.

This event is not an ARZone Live Guest Chat, this is an interview which will be posted in ARZone in due course.

Professor Tom Regan is an American Philosopher who specialises in animal rights theory. He is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He received his M.A. in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1966. He taught philosophy at NC State University from 1967 until 2001. During his more than thirty years on the faculty, he received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, was named University Alumni Distinguished Professor, published hundreds of professional papers and more than twenty books, won major international awards for film writing and direction, and has presented hundreds of lectures throughout the world. In 2000, he received the William Quarles Holliday Medal, the highest honor NC State University can bestow.

Among his books, two, The Case for Animal Rights and Bloomsbury’s Prophet: G. E. Moore and the Development of his Moral Philosophy, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The Case for Animal Rights was immediately recognized as a ground-breaking text when it first appeared in 1983. It makes the case for a rights-based position on human-animal relations and challenges utilitarian views on the human treatment and use of other animals. “The Case” has been translated into Italian, Swedish, Dutch, German and Chinese.

Other of Tom Regan’s animal rights books include All That Dwell Therein: Essays on Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics (1982); Animal Sacrifices: Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science (1986), The Struggle for Animal Rights (1987), The Thee Generation: Reflections on the Coming Revolution (1991), Defending Animal Rights (2001), Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights (2004), and (with Carl Cohen) The Animal Rights Debate (2001).

There are a number of videos featuring Prof. Regan, including this clip from a 1989 debate at the Royal Institute of Great Britain - - and this lecture from the University of Heidelberg, Germany in 2006 -

Tom Regan is married to Nancy Regan, with whom he co-founded The Culture & Animals Foundation.

Professor Regan welcomes the chance to take questions from ARZone members, which must be submitted to ARZone no later than Saturday the 2nd of April via

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