The Philosophy of Vegetarianism

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Peter Singer, Animal Liberation ( New York: New York Review, 1975), pp. 202-34.
Michael Fox, "Animal Liberation: A Critique", Ethics 88 ( January 1978): 106.
I have no idea what Haussleiter ate; I am only suggesting that there is no indication in his work that philosophical vegetarianism is a contemporary issue.
A study of Eastern vegetarianism would surely be worthwhile, but it is beyond the bounds of the narrowly circumscribed philosophical treatment I intend. This contraction of vision will also force me to largely neglect varieties of vegetarianism in Greek culture that are more obviously due to myth or religion.
It has often been noticed that the Old Testament, despite characters such as Deborah, is a sexist document. What is little noticed is that it is equally unfair to animals; a woman and an animal are responsible for the Fall. For similar remarks on the Old Testament see Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, pp. 204-5. I owe a great debt to Singer chapter "Man's Dominion", pp. 202-34, for the development of chapter 1. Also of service is John Passmore , "The Treatment of Animals", Journal of the History of Ideas ( April-May 1975):195-218.
Singer, Animal Liberation, pp. 209, 210. See St. Augustine, The Catholic and Manichean Ways of Life, trans. D. A. Gallagher and L. J. Gallagher ( Boston: Catholic University Press, 1966), p. 102. Also see John Passmore, Man's Responsibility for Nature ( New York: Scribner's, 1974), p. 111.


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