Sins of the Flesh: A History of Ethical Vegetarian Thought

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UBC Press, Jul 1, 2009 - Nature - 416 pages
Unlike previous books on the history of vegetarianism, Sins of the Flesh examines the history of vegetarianism in its ethical dimensions, from the origins of humanity through to the present. Full ethical consideration for animals resulting in the eschewing of flesh arose after the Aristotelian period in Greece and recurred in Ancient Rome, but then mostly disappeared for centuries. It was not until the turn of the nineteenth century that vegetarian thought was revived and enjoyed some success; it subsequently went into another period of decline that lasted through much of the twentieth century. The authority-questioning cultural revolution of the 1960s brought a fresh resurgence of vegetarian ethics that continues to the present day.
 

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Contents

Bill of Fare to the Feast The Whats and Whys of Vegetarianism
1
1 The Human in Prehistory
24
2 Eastern Religions and Practice
54
3 Pythagoreanism
76
4 Greek Philosophy and Roman Imperium
94
5 Judaism and the Earlier Christian Heritage
117
6 Bogomils Cathars and the Later Medieval Mind
136
7 The Humanism of the Renaissance
146
From Oswald and Ritson to Shelley Phillips and Gompertz
232
11 The Victorians the Edwardians and the Founding of the Vegetarian Society
267
12 Vegetarians and Vegans in the Twentieth Century
290
13 Vegetarianism in North America
308
Postscript Prospects
333
Notes
339
Selected Bibliography
373
Index
385

8 The Cartesians and Their Adversaries in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
158
From Mandeville and Pope to Goldsmith and Wagner
188

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Rod Preece is a professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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