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Food for Thought: The Debate Over Eating Meat (Contemporary Issues)by Steve F. Sapontzis
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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 "Whos 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.
Book News Annotation:
This collection of 29 classic and new essays by scholars and social critics provides a balance of arguments for being a vegetarian or meat-eater. Sapontzis (emeritus, philosophy, California State U.- Hayward), an animal rights activist, introduces the terminology and issues in the debate. The first contribution surveys the history of philosophical vegetarianism. Clearly, neither side has a monopoly on ethical, religious, cultural, feminist, ecological, or medical rationales for its position. Lacks an index.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An anthology that explores both sides of the ethical debate over killing animals for food.
About 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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