Keynote Speaker

Prof. Tom Regan

Tom Regan is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (USA). During his more than three decades on the faculty, he received numerous awards for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching; was named University Alumni Distinguished Professor; published hundreds of professional papers and more than thirty books; won major international awards for film writing and direction; and presented hundreds of lectures throughout the United States and abroad. In 2000, he received the William Quarles Holliday Medal, the highest honor NC State University can bestow on one of its faculty.

Among his books, two (The Case for Animal Rights and Bloomsbury's Prophet: G. E. Moore and the Development of his Moral Philosophy) were forwarded by their publisher for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

The Case for Animal Rights was immediately recognized as a "modern classic" when it first appeared in 1983. "Unquestionably the best work yet to appear in its field," one reviewer wrote; "beyond question the most important philosophical contribution to animal rights," wrote a second; "(b)y far the best work on the subject, and will continue to be the definitive work for years to come" wrote a third. Already translated into Italian, Swedish, and Dutch, The Case for Animal Rights has been issued in a Chinese edition in 2010.

Other of Tom Regan's books that touch on the topic of animal rights are All That Dwell Therein: Essays on Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics (1982), Animal Sacrifices: Religious Perspectives on the Use of Animals in Science (1986), The Struggle for Animal Rights (1987), The Thee Generation: Reflections on the Coming Revolution (1991), Defending Animal Rights (2001), The Animal Rights Debate (with Carl Cohen) (2001), and Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights (2006).

Regan has been described as "the philosophical leader of the animal rights movement" by the editors of Utne Reader, who identified him, along with the Dali Lama, as "one of 50 visionaries who are changing the world."

For its part, Bloomsbury's Prophet has helped reenergize and redirect Moorean scholarship in particular and the study of early twentieth century British philosophy in general. Examples of the critical response the book received include: "(A) scholarly masterpiece"; "scholarly but engrossing"; "enlightening about the early Moore and a pleasure to read"; "a shrewd, often witty and insightful look at G. E. Moore's philosophy and his world . . . A must for intelligent readers of literature"; and "(the) portrait of the man Moore that Regan gives us is unique in the growing body of Edwardian literature."

In addition to Bloomsbury's Prophet, Tom Regan's other major contributions to Moorean scholarship are Moore: The Early Essays (1987) and G. E. Moore: The Elements of Ethics (1991). He is co-founder and past president of the Moore Society.

Tom Regan's major film awards include the Silver Medal for We Are All Noah (International Film Festival of New York, 1986) and the Gold Medal for Voices I Have Heard (Houston International Film Festival, 1988).

Tom Regan is married to the former Nancy Tirk, with whom he co-founded The Culture & Animals Foundation <>.

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Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University

Life Conservationist Association

HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation


Ministry of Science and Technology,Republic of China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.

Ministry of Education, R.O.C.

Hsuan Chuang University


Hsuan Chuang University Research Center For Applied Ethics

Buddhist HongShi College