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Dialogues concerning vegetarianism : the ethics of eating meat

Author: Michael Huemer
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2019.
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After lives filled with deep suffering, 74 billion animals are slaughtered worldwide every year on factory farms. Is it wrong to buy the products of this industry? In this book, two college students - a meat-eater and an ethical vegetarian - discuss this question in a series of dialogues conducted over four days. The issues they cover include: how intelligence affects the badness of pain, whether consumers are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Huemer, Michael, 1969- author.
Dialogues concerning vegetarianism
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2018048233
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Huemer
ISBN: 9781138328303 1138328308 9780429634833 0429634838 9780429638008 0429638000 9780429641176 0429641176
OCLC Number: 1084630384
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: ContentsForeword by Peter SingerPrefaceAcknowledgementsDay 1: Suffering, intelligence, and the risk argument * a) The ethical vegetarian positionb) For vegetarianism: the argument from pain and sufferingc) For meat-eating: the argument from intelligenced) The total amount of pain caused by factory farminge) Biases of vegetarians and meat-eatersf) Intelligence and the badness of paing) The case of mentally disabled humansh) The argument from moral uncertaintyi) Valuing animal vs. human livesDay 2: Other defenses of meat consumption *a) Recap of the previous day's argumentsb) The possibility of humane meatc) Are consumers responsible for meat industry practices?d) Can one person affect the meat industry?e) How industries respond to reduced demandf) Farm animals only exist because of meat consumptiong) Utilitarian & non-utilitarian reasons against eating meath) Do animals feel pain?i) Animals eat each other, so why can't we eat them?j) Free will and moral agencyk) Should we stop animals from killing each other?l) Do rights imply obligations?m) Does morality protect those who cannot understand morality?n) The social contract theory of ethicso) Is meat natural?p) Are animals missing souls?q) Does the Bible support meat-eating?r) Judging meat eatersDay 3: Consciousness and rational belief *a) The theory of degrees of consciousnessb) Erring on the side of cautionc) The use of "torture"d) Why prioritize the animal welfare cause?e) Is factory farming the world's worst problem?f) On rejecting positions that "sound crazy"g) How ethics differs from mathematics and scienceh) Where does the "craziness" of extreme animal welfare positions come from?i) Questioning the vegetarian's empirical premisesj) Questioning the vegetarian's moral premisesk) Biases in favor of meat eatingl) Status quo biasm) Speciesismn) Social proofo) Self-interest biasp) Empathy and the affect heuristicq) Problems with intuitions concerning large numbersr) Empathy and psychopathys) Avoiding dogmatismt) Erring on the side of cautionDay 4: The vegan life, abstract theory, and moral motivation*a) Finding good vegan mealsb) Avoiding eggs and dairyc) Eating bivalvesd) The value of lifee) Why can we eat plants?f) Killing insectsg) Are vegetarians hypocrites?h) Unconscious speciesismi) Are insects sentient?j) Free-range and humane certified meatk) Animal rightsl) Debating the correct ethical theorym) Are there objective values?n) Moral skepticismo) Why philosophers should not serve on juriesp) Is giving up meat "too difficult"?q) Are we too selfish to give up meat?r) Social conformity and the enforcement of moralitys) Are vegans too moralistic?t) How meat eaters react to vegansu) Why promote veganism to others?v) How wrong is meat-eating?w) Comparing meat-eaters to NazisAnnotated Bibliography
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After lives filled with deep suffering, 74 billion animals are slaughtered worldwide every year on factory farms. Is it wrong to buy the products of this industry? In this book, two college students - a meat-eater and an ethical vegetarian - discuss this question in a series of dialogues conducted over four days. The issues they cover include: how intelligence affects the badness of pain, whether consumers are responsible for the practices of an industry, how individual choices affect an industry, whether farm animals are better off living on factory farms than not existing at all, whether meat-eating is natural, whether morality protects those who cannot understand morality, whether morality protects those who are not members of society, whether humans alone possess souls, whether different creatures have different degrees of consciousness, why extreme animal welfare positions "sound crazy," and the role of empathy in moral judgment. The two students go on to discuss the vegan life, why people who accept the arguments in favor of veganism often fail to change their behavior, and how vegans should interact with non-vegans. A foreword, by Peter Singer, introduces and provides context for the dialogues, and a final annotated bibliography offers a list of sources related to the discussion. It offers abstracts of the most important books and articles related to the ethics of vegetarianism and veganism. Key Features: Thoroughly reviews the common arguments on both sides of the debate. Dialogue format provides the most engaging way of introducing the issues. Written in clear, conversational prose for a popular audience. Offers new insights into the psychology of our dietary choices and our responsibility for influencing others.

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"In the future, when people ask me why I don't eat meat, I will tell them to read this book."--Peter Singer, Princeton University and University of Melbourne

 
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