In 2006, Cavell delivered the annual Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at Duke University. The title of his talk was “Thinking About and Eating Animals: Reflections on Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals,” a version of which has since appeared in print as “Companionable Thinking” in Alice Crary’s edited volume, Wittgenstein and the Moral Life: Essays in Honor of Cora Diamond, and then later in Cary Wolfe’s edited collection, Philosophy and Animal Life.
The video of this lecture is available from Duke University as a free download. The file is large: 359 MB. To begin downloading it from a server at Duke, click here (Windows users should right-click and select “Save Target As…”).