Randall is an author and environmental, animal, climate and constitutional law professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey. His books include “What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?” and “Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources”.
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Academic silos between animal/environmental/constitutional law and between law, philosophy and advocacy
The disconnect between environmental and animal ethics and law
Growing up in a Catholic household, more social than spiritual
Appreciating religion as a topic of study, not as something to practice
Exploring Eastern religions and spirituality
Feeling deeply spiritual without religion
Compassion as a theme in many religions
Remaining open-minded about religious ideas
Agnosticism and atheism
Awe, wonder and connectedness within a naturalistic worldview and their commonality with supernatural/spiritual emotions
Freedom of belief, but not freedom to use supernatural beliefs to harm others
Compassion for all living things & respect for nature, but not realising the link to animal product consumption (even as an environmental law professor) until teaching animal law “How can I have been morally asleep for so long?”
The brain-washing of animal product consumption: health, normality
Not knowing any v*gans
The difficult social process of giving up animal products
How much easier going v*gan is now
Is the ethical argument re: animal farming over?
Anthropocentrism & human supremacy
Biocentrism & ecocentrism. Does Sentientism go far enough?
Instrumental vs. intrinsic value
Christian dominion & stewardship
And more... (see here)
You can find Randall here at Monmouth.
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Thanks to Graham Bessellieu for his post-prod work on this video. Follow him at @cgbessellieu.