Food for Thought / Edition 1

Food for Thought / Edition 1

by Steve F. Sapontzis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1591021189

ISBN-13: 9781591021186

Pub. Date: 01/25/2004

Publisher: Prometheus Books

For anyone who has ever wondered about the ethics of killing animals for food, this is the definitive collection of essays on the ethical debate. Written by internationally recognized scholars on both sides of the debate, the provocative articles here compiled will give vegetarians and meat-eaters a thorough grounding in all aspects of this controversial

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For anyone who has ever wondered about the ethics of killing animals for food, this is the definitive collection of essays on the ethical debate. Written by internationally recognized scholars on both sides of the debate, the provocative articles here compiled will give vegetarians and meat-eaters a thorough grounding in all aspects of this controversial issue.
After an introduction to the nature of the debate by editor Steve F. Sapontzis, Daniel Dombrowski reviews the history of vegetarianism. There follows a discussion of health issues and what anthropology has to tell us about human diet. Also included are the classic cases for vegetarianism from philosophers Peter Singer and Tom Regan, and new essays rebutting those classic positions from humanists Roger Scruton and Carl Cohen, among others. Various scholars then examine religious teachings about eating animals, which are drawn from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Native American and Eastern traditions. Finally, Carol J. Adams, Deanne Curtin, and Val Plumwood, among other outstanding advocates, debate the ethics of eating meat in connection with feminism, environmentalism, and multiculturalism.
Containing virtually a "Who’s Who" of philosophers, social critics, environmentalists, feminists, and religious scholars who have participated in the vegetarianism debate over the past quarter century, this outstanding anthology of expert articles, most of them new, provides the latest thinking on a subject of increasing public interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591021186
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/25/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction9
Section 1A Controversy with a Long Past
1.A Very Brief History of Philosophical Vegetarianism and Its Influence22
Section 2What Anthropology and Medicine Have to Tell Us about Eating Meat
2.What Is Our Natural Diet, and Should We Really Care36
3.Vegetarianism: The Healthy Alternative46
4.Nutritional Risks of Vegan Diets57
Section 3The Recent Philosophical Debate over the Moral Status of Animals and Its Implications for Our Diet
5.The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism70
6.The Conscientious Carnivore81
7.The Right Not to Be Eaten92
8.Animal Liberation: Vegetarianism as Protest108
9.Utilitarianism and Moral Vegetarianism Again: Protest or Effectiveness?118
10.Why It's Wrong to Eat Animals Raised and Slaughtered for Food124
11.Vegetarianism and the Ethics of Virtue138
12.A Critique of the Alleged Moral Basis of Vegetarianism152
Section 4Traditional and Contemporary Religious Teachings about Our Relation to Animals
13.The Jewish Diet and Vegetarianism168
14.Christians Are What Christians Eat177
15.The Theological Debate about Meat Eating186
16.The Consumption of Animals and the Catholic Tradition198
17.Is Vegetarianism Un-Islamic?209
18.Eastern Religions and the Eating of Meat223
19.Ask Your Brother for Forgiveness: Animal Respect in Native American Traditions236
Section 5The Feminist Debate over the Relation Between the Treatment of Animals and of Women
20.The Sexual Politics of Meat248
21.A Paradox of Ethical Vegetarianism: Unfairness to Women and Children261
22.Contextual Moral Vegetarianism272
23.Empathy and Vegetarian Commitments284
Section 6The Environmental Debate over Respecting Predatory Nature and Protecting Animals
24.Bambi Lovers versus Tree Huggers294
25.Vegetarianism, Predation, and Respect for Nature302
26.Moderation, Morals, and Meat315
27.Vegetarianism and Ecofeminism: Toppling Patriarchy with a Fork327
Section 7Which Is More Important, Respecting Cultural Diversity of Protecting Animals?
28.Animals and Ecology: Toward a Better Integration344
29.Subsistence Hunting359
Further Reading371
List of Contributors375

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