The Use and Abuse of Animals

We are going to use electronic responders to think through JM Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello Lectures, called The Lives of Animals by The University Center for Human Values Series.

  1. Go to m.socrative.com
  2. Enter “Virtual Room Number” #601609
  3. We will respond to the following prompts one at a time. After each round of voting, each side will have the opportunity to persuade the opposition of the rightness of their position.

Prompt #1: The Macbeth’s and Banquo’s ghost are better dinner companions than Elizabeth Costello, her son, Norma, and people at Appleton College.

  1. True
  2. False

Prompt #2: “‘An animal is no more than the mechanism that constitutes it, if it has a soul, it has one in the same way a machine has a battery, to give it the spark that gets it going; but the animal is not an embodied soul, and the quality of its being is not joy'” (TLA 33).

  1. True
  2. False

Prompt #3: Comparing the horrors of the lives of animals to the horrors of the Holocaust “‘insults the memory of the dead…[and]…trades on the horrors of the camps in a cheap way'” (TLA 50).

  1. True
  2. False

Prompt #4: “…there is no limit to the extent to which we can think ourselves into the being of another. There are no bounds to the sympathetic imagination” (TLA 35).

  1. True
  2. False

Prompt #5: “‘…the whole notion of cleanness versus uncleanness has a completely different function, namely, to enable certain groups to self-define themselves, negatively, as elite, as elected'” (TLA 42).

  1. True
  2. False

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