Jeff Sebo is Clinical Assoc. Prof. of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, & Philosophy, & Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program at New York University. He is on the executive committee at the NYU Center for Environmental & Animal Protection & the advisory board for the Animals in Context series at NYU Press. He is a board member at Animal Charity Evaluators, a board member at Minding Animals International, an Exec. Cttee. member at the Animals & Society Institute, and a Senior Fellow at Sentient Media.
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- Jeff’s background in moral & political philosophy & his shift to focus on animal & environmental ethics
- Multi-disciplinary approaches
- Using academia to drive real change
- Growing up in a Christian household & connecting with religious community (e.g. leading youth groups)
- Considering going into ministry
- College at Texas Christian University (liberal arts focus, but many conservative Christian students)
- Facing a wave of challenges to religious beliefs & having a major faith crisis
- “I never really believed the Christian stuff in the first place as much as I thought I did… in fact, I was just invested in the community.”
- A reactionary atheism phase: “God is dead, life is absurd!”
- Re-constructing a more generous interpretation of religious & scientific beliefs
- Deep humility re: the fundamental nature of reality
- The limits to empirical testing. There might be truths beyond those limits
- “Use evidence & reason to study what we can but recognise that they will not be able to grasp everything of interest in the world”
- And much more...
Follow Jeff at @jeffrsebo & find him at jeffsebo.net
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