May 24, 2022

Animals and Critical Theory

Alice Crary and Lori Gruen in conversation with Dinesh Wadiwel

Our current systems of thought and action are failing animals and, ultimately, humans too. In the wake of global pandemics, mass extinctions, habitat destruction, and catastrophic climate change, leading philosophers Alice Crary and Lori Gruen will present a critical animal theory for understanding and combating the structural forces that enable the diminishment of so many to the advantage of a few. Issuing a clarion call to address the intertwined problems we face, Crary and Gruen will argue that we must radically reimagine our relationships with other animals.


Alice Crary is University Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. Her books include Beyond Moral Judgement (2007) and Inside Ethics (2016).

Lori Gruen is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University where she coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. She is also Professor of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Science in Society. Her books include The Ethics of Captivity (2014) and Entangled Empathy(2015). /

Alice and Lori’s new book Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory will be published in May by Polity.

Dinesh Wadiwel is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. His research interests include violence, race, disability rights, and critical animal studies. He is author of The War against Animals (2015).