Science and Technology Studies Lecture - "Empty Cages: An Introduction to Animal Rights" by Philosopher and Animal Rights Therorist Tom Regan

Renowned American philosopher and animal rights theorist Dr. Tom Regan will deliver the Science and Technology Studies lecture at St. Thomas University on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium in McCain Hall.

“Regan is recognized as one of the greatest defenders of animal rights in the world,” said Dr. Don Robinson, professor in the Science and Technology Studies programme. “Almost every discussion of animal rights and animal experimentation started with him, and he virtually invented the concept of animal rights with his work in the 1970’s and 1980’s.”

“Covering such topics as religion and animal rights, animals and their place in environmental issues, and animal experimentation in his work, Regan offers a unique critique of scientific practices entirely in line with our Science and Technology Studies approach to understanding science,” added Robinson.

Regan is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University in North Carolina. During his more than thirty years on faculty, he received numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate and graduate 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 presented hundreds of lectures throughout the United States and abroad.

Among his books, 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 recognized as a modern classic when it was published in 1983. It was described as “the most important philosophical contribution to animal rights” and has since been translated into Italian, Swedish, Dutch, German and Chinese.

Regan also co-founded The Culture and Animals Foundation, a non-profit, cultural organization committed to fostering the growth of intellectual and artistic endeavours united by a positive concern for animals. It seeks to expand understanding and appreciation of animals by improving the ways in which they are treated and their standing in human society. His website is