ARTS0001(B) Introduction to the Humanities









Course Code ARTS0001(B)  
Course Title Introduction to the Humanities – Introduction to Philosophy of Animals  
(人文學科導賞 – 動物哲學概論)  
Class Date 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25 July 2023

(26 July 2023 is reserved for class make-up in case there is any cancellation of classes due to bad weather or other unexpected factors.)

Class Time 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Class Location TBC  


Teacher Dr. KWOK Pak Nin

Senior Lecturer
Department of Philosophy
The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Medium of Instruction Cantonese
Course Description This course examines the social and ethical issues of animals. What are the key differences between humans and other animals? Is it ethical to raise and slaughter animals for food, conduct scientific tests on, and buying or keeping animals as pets? The goal of this course is to introduce you to, and engage you in, the philosophical reflection on these interesting questions.


本課程探討與動物相關的社會與道德議題。到底人與其他動物有何重要的區別? 我們飼養並殺害動物食用是否道德? 以動物進行科學實驗孰對孰錯?買賣與養育寵物又有什麼問題? 本課程將引領大家如何從哲學角度來思考這些有趣的問題。

Course Content
  1. Introduction: Why Animals Matter?
  2. The Representation of Animals
  3. The Philosophy of the Moral Status of Animals
  4. The Ethics of Meat Eating
  5. The Ethics of Animal Experiment
  6. The Ethics of Commodification and Keeping pets


  1. 導論 :動物與我何干 ?
  2. 人類如何再現動物的形象
  3. 動物道德地位的哲學
  4. 食肉的道德反思
  5. 動物實驗的道德反思
  6. 買賣與養育寵物的道德反思
Learning Outcomes Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the major arguments in the current philosophical debates over the social and moral status of nonhuman animals, and understand the strengths and weakness of each;
  • discuss the broad range of animal exploitation and the moral issues that each form of it raises;
  • form a conclusion about the ethics of using animals and defend it with a strong, logical argument.
Recommended Reading(s) / Reference(s)
  1. DeMello, Margo. Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
  2. 謝曉陽,《馴化與慾望:人與動物關係的暗黑史》。香港:印象文字,2019年。
  3. 朱立安.巴吉尼著,謝佩妏譯,《吃的美德:餐桌上的哲學思考》。台北: 商周出版社,2014年。
  4. 哈爾賀札格著,李奧森譯,《為什麼狗是寵物豬是食物: 人類與動物之間的道德難題》。台北: 遠足文化,2016年。
  5. 馬克貝考夫著,錢永祥,彭淮棟,陳真譯,《動物權與動物福利小百科》。台北: 桂冠圖書股份有限公司,2002年。
  6. 法蘭斯.德瓦爾著,楊仕音、林雅玲、顧曉哲譯,《你不知道我們有多聰明:動物思考的時候,人類能學到什麼?》。台北: 馬可孛羅文化,2017年。
  7. 黃宗慧,《以動物為鏡—12堂人與動物關係的生命思辨課》。台北:啟動文化,2018年。
  8. 潔西卡皮爾斯著,祁毓里、李宜懃譯,《學會愛你的寵物伴侶》。台北: 商周出版社,2016年。
  9. 郭柏年,《定見之外:生活日常的哲學短篇》,香港:牛津大學出版社,2020年。
Course Assessment Short Quiz (20%)

Discussion & Debate (40%)

Reading Report (40%)

  Students who are enrolled in BOTH ARTS0001(A) and ARTS0001(B) will ONLY earn a maximum of ONE credit as free or major elective which may count towards their undergraduate studies at CUHK in the future upon successful completion of the courses.
  The above course information is subject to change and approval.
  Last updated on 27 February 2023