Food for Thought: The Debate Over Eating Meat

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Steve F. Sapontzis
Prometheus Books, 2004 - Nature - 382 pages
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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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User Review  - kimgroome - LibraryThing

There is an introduction to the debate of meat or no meat, and several chapters of philosophical arguments for and against. Nothing new here, but a great summary of (almost) all possible arguments. Enjoyable read. Read full review

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User Review  - Bridget Fletcher - Goodreads

Interesting to a point, but some of the essays are repetative. Read full review

Contents

The Recent Philosophical Debate
69
The Conscientious Carnivore 81
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The Right Not to Be Eaten
92
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

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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