Department of Philosophy

Robert C. Jones

Associate Professor -Ph.D. Stanford University

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Prof. Jones works on questions at the intersection of applied ethics, animal cognition, and social justice. Much of his current research focuses on nonhuman animal ethics, particularly the question, What is the moral significance of species membership? Prof. Jones has pursued these interests in a variety of specific projects which span traditional and novel areas of ethics, social justice, and food ethics, with a focus on animal liberation theory and activism. Prof. Jones is particularly interested in the relationship between speciesism and social justice, the moral and environmental implications of modern food production, and the development of conceptual tools for a global, non-speciesist ethics. He is a member of the Philosophers' Brief team, who argue for legal rights of personhood for nonhuman animals.