CONTENTS Series Foreword Preface Acknowledgments 1 A Historical-Philosophical Overview 1. Learning from the History of Vegetarianism 2. Antiquity and the Special Case of Porphyry 3. From Medieval Times to the Modern Era 2 You Are What You Eat (Almost): The Meaning of Food 1. Food Symbolism 2. The Meaning of Meat 3. Vegetarian Meanings 3 Compartmentalization of Thought and Feeling -- and the Burden of Proof 1. The Compartmentalization Phenomenon 2. Inconsistency 3. Failing to See Connections 4. A Brief Case Study: Environmental Ethicists 5. Reversing the Burden of Proof 4 Vegetarian Outlooks 1. Types of Vegetarianism 2. Experiences, Emotions, and Vegetarianism 3. Grounds for Vegetarianism 4. The Moral Status of Animals 5 Arguments for Vegetarianism: I 1. An Overview 2. Good Health 3. Animal Suffering and Death 4. Impartiality, or Disinterested Moral Concern 6 Arguments for Vegetarianism: II 1. The Environmental Impact of Meat Production 2. The Manipulation of Nature 3. World Hunger and Injustice 4. Interconnected Forms of Oppression 5. Common Threads 7 Arguments for Vegetarianism: III 1. Wisdom Traditions and Modern Parallels 2. Interspecies Kinship and Compassion 3. Universal Nonviolence (Ahimsa) 4. Earthdwelling: Native Peoples' Spirituality 5. Major Religions and Minority Voices 6. Vegetarian Building Blocks 8 Arguments Against Vegetarianism 1. The Consequences of Vegetarianism 2. Humans as Natural Carnivores 3. Animals as Replaceable 4. An Ecological Objection 5. The Necessity of Killing 6. A Feminist Critique of Killing 7. Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Imperialism, and Meat-Eating 8. Preventing Carnivorous Behavior in Nature 9. Eating Shmoos and Other Consenting or Indifferent Animals 10. Why Not Eat Free-Range Animals? 11. The Requirement of Moral Sainthood 12. Some Observations 9 Conscience and Change 1. The Vegetarian Conscience 2. Vegetarianism or Veganism? 3. New Directions and Creative Thinking 4. A Way of Life Notes Select Bibliography Index
A compelling argument for a vegetarian lifestyle
Michael Allen Fox has authored and edited numerous books and is Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Once an outspoken advocate for animal experimentation, he has since repudiated that view and has published numerous articles in support of vegetarianism and animal rights.
"Detailed, thorough, and wide-ranging, this is the most comprehensive, original work on philosophical vegetarianism to date. Deep Vegetarianism addresses the cultural, historical and philosophical backgrounds for vegetarianism, details the impact to vegetarianism on one's thinking and living, relates vegetarianism to recent defenses of the moral status of animals, and very ably considers all the significant arguments for and against vegetarianism." --Evelyn B. Pluhar, author of Beyond Prejudice: The Moral Significance of Human and Nonhuman Animals