Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She has published extensively on topics in animal ethics, ecofeminism, and practical ethics more broadly and is currently writing about her idea of “entangled empathy” and thinking, as usual, about chimpanzees.
In Entangled Empathy, scholar and activist Lori Gruen argues that rather than focusing on animal rights, we ought to work to make our relationships with animals right by empathetically responding to their needs, interests, desires, vulnerabilities, hopes, and unique perspectives.
Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth brings together leading feminist scholars and activists as well as new voices to addresses the various ways that sexism, heteronormativity, racism, colonialism, and ableism are informed by and support speciesism.
Though conditions of captivity vary widely for humans and for other animals, there are common ethical themes that imprisonment raises, including the value of liberty, the nature of autonomy, the meaning of dignity, and the impact of routine confinement on physical and psychological well-being.
Ethics and Animals is a compelling introduction to animal ethics. Through compassionately reasoned arguments and provocative case studies, the book encourages readers to reflect empathetically on our relationships with other animals.
The second edition of Reflecting on Nature includes in depth discussions of a variety of topics in environmental philosophy, including new sections on food justice and climate change.
Stem Cell Research: The Ethical Issues brings together leading ethicists who grapple with the variety of issues posed by human embryonic stem cell research.
Sex, Morality, and the Law combines legal and philosophical arguments to focus on six topics: homosexual sex, prostitution, pornography, abortion, sexual harassment, and rape.
Animal Liberation: A Graphic Guide
“Facing Death and Practicing Grief” in C.J. Adams and L. Gruen (eds.) Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2014): 127-141.
“Death as a Social Harm” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Spindel Supplement (Volume 52, August 2014): 53-65.
“Climate Change and Food Justice” co-authored with Clement Loo in M. Di Paola & G. Pelligrino (eds) Ethics and Politics of Climate Change (Routledge, 2014).
“Empathy and Other Apes”co-authored with Kristin Andrews in H. Maimbom (ed.) Empathy and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2014): 193-209.
“Captive Kin” in J. Huss (ed.) Philosophy and Planet of the Apes (Chicago: Open Court, 2013): 167-176.
“Eggs on the Market” Ethics in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine 3(4): 227-236.