Ethical Vegetarianism: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer


For vegetarians seeking the historical roots of vegetarianism, for animal rights activists and the environmentally concerned, and for those questioning their consumption of meat, here's a book that provides a deep understanding of vegetarianism as more than just a dietary decision.
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For vegetarians seeking the historical roots of vegetarianism, for animal rights activists and the environmentally concerned, and for those questioning their consumption of meat, here's a book that provides a deep understanding of vegetarianism as more than just a dietary decision.
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Brings together primary sources on vegetarianism as a moral choice, by authors including Mohandas Gandhi, Frances Moore Lappe, Pythagoras, Albert Schweitzer, and Leo Tolstoy. Selections are arranged chronologically, from antiquity to the present, and each selection includes an introduction. Appendices overview arguments against ethical vegetarianism. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791440445
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,134,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cruel Fatalities

Part I. Antiquity: The Kinship of Humans and Animals

Pythagoras (c. 570-490): The Kinship of All Life
Seneca (c. 4 BCE-65 CE): Abstinence and the Philosophical Life
Plutarch (c. 56-120): On the Eating of Flesh
Porphyry (c. 233-306): On Abstinence from Animal Food

Part II. The Eighteenth Century: Diet and Human Character

Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733): The Carnivorous Custom and Human Vanity
David Hartley ( 1705-1757): Carnivorous Callousness
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774): They Pity, and Eat the Objects of Their Compassion
William Paley (1743-1805): The Dubious Right to Eat Flesh
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822): A Vindication of Natural Diet

Part III. The Nineteenth Century: Diet and Compassion

Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869): A Shameful Human Infirmity
William A. Alcott (1798-1859): The World is a Mighty Slaughterhouse and Flesh-Eating and Human Decimation
Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Human Beasts of Prey and Fellow-Suffering
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910): The Immorality of Carnivorism
Anna Kingsford (1846-1888): The Essence of True Justice

Part IV. The Twentieth Century: Diet, Rights, and the Global Perspective

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939): The Humanities of Diet|
J. Howard Moore (1862-1916): Universal Kinship
Romain Rolland (1866-1944): The Unpardonable Crime
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948): Diet and Morality
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965): The Ethic of Reverence for Life
Tom Regan (1938- ): The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism
Peter Singer (1946- ): All Animals Are Equal
Thomas Auxter (1945- ): The Right Not to Be Eaten
Peter S. Wentz (1942- ): An Ecological Argument for Vegetarianism
Stephen R. L. Clark (1945- ): The Pretext of "Necessary Suffering"
Frances Moore Lappé (1944- ): Like Driving a Cadillac
Harriet Schleifer (1952- ): Images of Death and Life: Food Animal Production and the Vegetarian Option
Jon Wynne-Tyson (1924- ): Dietethics: Its Influence on Future Farming Patterns
Deane Curtin (1951- ): Contextual Moral Vegetarianism
Carol J. Adams (1951- ): The Social Construction of Edible Bodies and Humans as Predators

Appendix I: Arguments against Ethical Vegetarianism
Appendix II: Animals and Slavery
Appendix III: Automatism of Brutes
Appendix IV: We Have Only Indirect Duties to Animals
Appendix V: Bibliography of Antivegetarian Sources
For Further Reading
Sources and Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    An organized variety of ethical reasons to stop eating meat

    As the title implies, various philosophers through the ages have come to the conclusion that meat eating is neither necessary nor ethical. Here, in Ethical Vegetarianism, their most articulate arguments are organized sequentially for the common reader. A great book and a bargain nonetheless.

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