Philosophy and Public Policy

Tom Regan comments on the role of philosophy in the public discussion of and policy making about animal rights in America.

At [6:20], Michael Bayles and Larry Temkin exchange ideas on the philosophical basis of equality in public policy. What contribution might philosophers make about issues such as American foreign policy? How does contemporary philosophy affect Americans’ conceptions of ideas such as equality and fairness, both at home and overseas?

At the time of these interviews, Regan, Bayles, and Temkin were Fellows at the National Humanities Center (1984-85), and all were professors of philosophy at their respective institutions: Regan at North Carolina State University, Bayles at the University of Western Ontario, and Temkin at Rice University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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