On the 28th of February 2020, Animals and Society/ History/ Human Culture workshop was organized. The debate was moderated by Irina Frasin. The participants were as follows: George Bodi, Codrin Dinu Vasiliu, Ionut Bârliba, and Liviu Măgurianu. Animals are present in the myths, legends, and folklore of all people around the world. The religions of all communities include animals in their cosmologies, beliefs, rituals, or practices. Animals have been worshipped, regarded as taboo, sacrificed, or associated with various deities and spirits. Animals exist as cultural symbols and linguistic metaphors, and whenever we wish to think of an animal beyond what our culture taught us, we come to realize that we are addressing a difficult approach. Animals live as mirrors of our thinking, and, with their help, we can reflect, discuss, and classify the existent beings and ourselves. However, far from
The Anthrozoology Symposium reaches its third edition this year (2020), and it is an event organized by “Gh. Zane” Institute of Economic and Social Research (Romanian Academy – Iasi Branch), in association with the Faculty of Biology (“Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi), Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (“Babes – Bolyai” University of Cluj), Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine (“Ion Ionescu de la Brad” University for Agricultural Studies and Veterinarian Medicine of Iasi), Rural Development Research Platform, and Moldavia’s History Museum (“Moldova” National Museum Complex). As animals are omnipresent in our lives, society, and thoughts, it would be quite difficult to understand ourselves as humans in their absence. Thus, due to their ubiquity in our lives, we are concerned with understanding the ways in which animals were, have been, and are still represented in different cultures and societies worldwide, to
Workshop, Iași city, June 19, 2020, 16.00 Our interaction with the other animals is conditioned by our anthropocentric limits of understanding humanity and our responsibility towards animals, conceptual frames which determine, in terms of socioeconomics, our relationship with everything that is alive, and our wish to build a better world in the only world we have and share with other beings. We realize that our continuous development is at a fast pace which is no longer sustainable. We have also come to understand that the exceeding exploitation of the other animals and natural environment is less and less effective and comes at high costs. Furthermore, we are starting to discover the intrinsic value of nature and other animals which not so far ago was regarded as merely instrumental. The present workshop proposes a debate on the subject of respect towards
The fundamental belief sustaining all legal systems and social organizations around the world is that humans are cognitively and morally superior to all other animals. This justifies using all other animals to the sole benefit of humans. The control and destruction of the lives of non-human individuals to serve the selfish human interests is based on speciesism theories fueled by monotheistic religious belief, humanism, scientific theories that hierarchically categorize all living beings and legal systems founded on these convictions. Gradually, mentalities drawing strict lines between human individuals and those of other species started to be replaced by a more inclusive way of thinking, blurring the differences. This is due to the new scientific discoveries that emphasize the rich and complex mental, emotional and social lives of individuals belonging to different animal species. This non-anthropocentric way of thinking motivated a re-evaluation
Project Launching: Ethics and the Non-human World. Ethical Fundamentals for Rethinking the Human-Nature Relation.
The Romanian Academy, Iași Branch announces the launching of the project Ethics and the Non-Human World. Ethical Fundamentals for Rethinking the Human-Animal World, financed by Fundația Patrimoniu (Patrimony Foundation) of the Romanian Academy within GAR-UM-2019. The implementing team of the project is as follows: Irina Frasin (project manager), George Bodi, Codrin Dinu Vasiliu, Ionuţ Bârliba, and Liviu Măgurianu. The project is run with “Gh. Zane” Institute of economic and Social Research of the Romanian Academy, Iași Branch. The project objective lies in expanding the current available knowledge in Romania on a n essential subject for the philosophical reflection, namely the human relationship with the non-human animals and nature overall. The project is run between October 2019 and September 2021, and aims at investigating the consequences and impact of the way we, humans, understand the world mirrored by our relationships with natural