Exhibit Index An American Philosopher: The Career of Tom Regan

Tom Regan, a professor of philosophy at NC State, is considered the philosophical leader of the animal rights movement in the United States. This exhibit highlights Reganís career as a philosopher and leader in the contemporary animal rights movement. He has written or edited more than twenty books and numerous articles.

Regan has earned fellowships and grants for his research and won prestigious awards including the Gandhi Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Animal Rights Movement in 1986. His theories on environmental policy and medical ethics are frequently discussed in philosophy and sociology journals, and his works on euthanasia and animal rights are found in many textbooks of philosophical ethics. Throughout his career, Regan has explored concepts of what is truly ethical and right. His philosophical ideas and writings provide us with a broader perspective on the controversial social and moral issues that face humanity.      

World Day Title of Autobiography Tom Regan writing Gandhi on Non-Violence Gandhi and Non-Violent Resistance Tom and Dog

 "No one who sets out to think about violence and pacifism can do the work that needs to be done and not read Gandhi. And read him I did: hundreds and hundreds, even thousands of pages of his simple prose. This in itself was remarkable. I have never been an energetic reader. I envy people (my wife Nancy is one of them) who are. I wish I could be counted among their number. But I cannot. Especially during the past dozen years or so, when I have written more and more, I have been guilty of reading less and less. Except, as I say, in the case of Gandhi. I read him with enormous energy and dedication. Perhaps it was in part because of what Gandhi was and not only because of what he said that he exercised such an uncommon power over me. This simple, fragile, apparently unsophisticated man, against all the odds and contrary to every sensible expectation, became a major actor on the worldís political stage, expressing in his own life the principles of love and justice he would have a free, independent India express in hers. How extraordinary! Even now I cannot help feeling that Gandhi was as close to many of the most important moral truths as any mortal is likely to be. The difference is, he managed to live them." -- Tom Regan, The Bird in the Cage: A Glimpse of My LifeóAn Autobiography

Reganís interest in animal rights and vegetarianism came from his study of Gandhi. In 1972 he earned a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities for research on the life and thought of Gandhi. In 1986 Regan received the Farm Animal Reform Movementís Mahatma Gandhi Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Animal Rights Movement.

Unless noted, materials from this exhibit are from the Tom Regan Collection, Special Collections Department, NCSU Libraries, Raleigh, N.C.
 
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