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Food For Thought : Contemporary Issues (Prometheus) - Steve F. Sapontzis

Food For Thought

Contemporary Issues (Prometheus)

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Published: 1st May 2004
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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.

Editor's Introductionp. 9
A Controversy with a Long Past
A Very Brief History of Philosophical Vegetarianism and Its Influencep. 22
What Anthropology and Medicine Have to Tell Us about Eating Meat
What Is Our Natural Diet, and Should We Really Carep. 36
Vegetarianism: The Healthy Alternativep. 46
Nutritional Risks of Vegan Dietsp. 57
The Recent Philosophical Debate over the Moral Status of Animals and Its Implications for Our Diet
The Basic Argument for Vegetarianismp. 70
The Conscientious Carnivorep. 81
The Right Not to Be Eatenp. 92
Animal Liberation: Vegetarianism as Protestp. 108
Utilitarianism and Moral Vegetarianism Again: Protest or Effectiveness?p. 118
Why It's Wrong to Eat Animals Raised and Slaughtered for Foodp. 124
Vegetarianism and the Ethics of Virtuep. 138
A Critique of the Alleged Moral Basis of Vegetarianismp. 152
Traditional and Contemporary Religious Teachings about Our Relation to Animals
The Jewish Diet and Vegetarianismp. 168
Christians Are What Christians Eatp. 177
The Theological Debate about Meat Eatingp. 186
The Consumption of Animals and the Catholic Traditionp. 198
Is Vegetarianism Un-Islamic?p. 209
Eastern Religions and the Eating of Meatp. 223
Ask Your Brother for Forgiveness: Animal Respect in Native American Traditionsp. 236
The Feminist Debate over the Relation Between the Treatment of Animals and of Women
The Sexual Politics of Meatp. 248
A Paradox of Ethical Vegetarianism: Unfairness to Women and Childrenp. 261
Contextual Moral Vegetarianismp. 272
Empathy and Vegetarian Commitmentsp. 284
The Environmental Debate over Respecting Predatory Nature and Protecting Animals
Bambi Lovers versus Tree Huggersp. 294
Vegetarianism, Predation, and Respect for Naturep. 302
Moderation, Morals, and Meatp. 315
Vegetarianism and Ecofeminism: Toppling Patriarchy with a Forkp. 327
Which Is More Important, Respecting Cultural Diversity of Protecting Animals?
Animals and Ecology: Toward a Better Integrationp. 344
Subsistence Huntingp. 359
Further Readingp. 371
List of Contributorsp. 375
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ISBN: 9781591021186
ISBN-10: 1591021189
Series: Contemporary Issues (Prometheus)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.9  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1