Food for Thought / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591021186
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 1/25/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 369,433
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve F. Sapontzis (Ft. Bragg, CA), now retired, was professor of philosophy at California State University for over 25 years. He is the author of Morals, Reason, and Animals, and numerous articles on animal rights.

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Table of Contents

Editor's introduction 9
1 A very brief history of philosophical vegetarianism and its influence 22
2 What is our natural diet, and should we really care 36
3 Vegetarianism : the healthy alternative 46
4 Nutritional risks of vegan diets 57
5 The basic argument for vegetarianism 70
6 The conscientious carnivore 81
7 The right not to be eaten 92
8 Animal liberation : vegetarianism as protest 108
9 Utilitarianism and moral vegetarianism again : protest or effectiveness? 118
10 Why it's wrong to eat animals raised and slaughtered for food 124
11 Vegetarianism and the ethics of virtue 138
12 A critique of the alleged moral basis of vegetarianism 152
13 The jewish diet and vegetarianism 168
14 Christians are what Christians eat 177
15 The theological debate about meat eating 186
16 The consumption of animals and the catholic tradition 198
17 Is vegetarianism un-Islamic? 209
18 Eastern religions and the eating of meat 223
19 Ask your brother for forgiveness : animal respect in Native American traditions 236
20 The sexual politics of meat 248
21 A paradox of ethical vegetarianism : unfairness to women and children 261
22 Contextual moral vegetarianism 272
23 Empathy and vegetarian commitments 284
24 Bambi lovers versus tree huggers 294
25 Vegetarianism, predation, and respect for nature 302
26 Moderation, morals, and meat 315
27 Vegetarianism and ecofeminism : toppling patriarchy with a fork 327
28 Animals and ecology toward a better integration 344
29 Subsistence hunting 359
Further reading 371
List of contributors 375
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