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By Daniel A. Dombrowski

The concept that it's morally incorrect to devour animals held sway for approximately 1000 years between one of the most well known old Greek philosophers, together with Pythagoras, Empedocles, Theophrastus, Plotinus, Plutarch, Porphyry, and, maybe, Plato. the assumption then died out for nearly seventeen-hundred years. because the Seventies, even if, there was a resurgence of curiosity in vegetarianism, marked through energetic debates and the emergence of a considerable literature within the type of scholarly books and articles.

Daniel A. Dombrowski makes use of the instruments and insights of those modern debates with a view to greater comprehend the strengths and weaknesses of historic philosophical vegetarianism. He additionally makes use of the knowledge of the Greek vegetarians as an Archimedean element from which to critique either the competitors and the defenders of up to date philosophical vegetarianism. The booklet comprises an annotated bibliography of the present debates during this burgeoning box of scholarship.

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In this same passage St. Thomas finds himself in a bind of sorts. , not to kill a bird with its young. St. 15 I will leave untouched the question as to whether Page 9 this is what scripture intends, although it is hard to imagine how prohibiting us from boiling a kid in its mother's milk is meant to prevent us from boiling a human being in its mother's (or anyone's) milk. Rather, I will now introduce one of the key terms from the modern debate: speciesism. This term refers to the attitude which allows the interests of one's own species to override the sometimes greater interests of other species.

Page iii Contents 1 Introduction 1 2 The Golden Age 19 3 The Pythagoreans 35 4 Socrates through Theophrastus 55 5 The Hellenistic Era, the Romans, and Plutarch 75 6 The Neoplatonists 103 7 Arete, Rorty, and Hartshorne 121 Notes 141 Bibliography 167 Index 185 Page iv Acknowledgments I would like to thank all of the librarians at Saint Joseph's University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University for helping me locate the material I needed to write this book. I also wish to express gratitude to Mrs.

But this offers no solace to the kid, who could presumably be boiled nonetheless. It is also true that Isaiah predicted a time when the lion would dwell with the lamb; unfortunately, there is no clear indication that the lamb could dwell peacefully with man. In short, the Hebrews viewed man as the crown of creation, a status which denigrates animals. Asses and oxen were valuable as property, however. Perhaps this is why Jesus allows one to pull an animal out of a pit, even on the Sabbath (Luke 14:5).

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