Vegetarianism -- Moral and ethical aspects -- History., Vegetarianism -- History., Diet, Vegetarian -- history., Ethics., Social Values., and History.
From the Publisher: Unlike previous books on the history of vegetarianism, Sins of the Flesh examines the history of vegetarianism in its ethical dimensions, from the origins of humanity through to the present. Full ethical consideration for animals resulting in the eschewing of flesh arose after the Aristotelian period in Greece and recurred in Ancient Rome, but then mostly disappeared for centuries. Despite the occasional presence of ascetic and cultural vegetarianism, it was not until the turn of the nineteenth century that vegetarian thought was revived and enjoyed some success; it subsequently went into another period of decline that lasted through much of the twentieth century. The authority-questioning cultural revolution of the 1960s brought a fresh resurgence of vegetarian ethics that continues to the present day.
Animal welfare -- History., Animal welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects -- History., Animal welfare -- Philosophy -- History., Animals and civilization -- History., Human-animal relationships., Animaux -- Protection -- Histoire., Animaux -- Protection -- Aspect moral -- Histoire., Animaux -- Protection -- Philosophie -- Histoire., Animaux et civilisation -- Histoire., Relations homme-animal., Animal Rights -- History., Animals., Western World -- History., and History.
"In this inquiry into the status of animals in human society from the fifth century BC to the present, Rod Preece provides a wholly new perspective on the human-animal relationship. He skillfully demonstrates that, counter to prevailing intellectual opinion, ethical attitudes toward animals are neither restricted to the twentieth century nor the result of Darwin's theory of evolution. They have been part of Western thought and culture for centuries." "Preece builds a cogent and persuasive argument, challenging current assumptions about the historical status of animals in Western civilization. He dispels the notion that animals were denied ethical consideration by Christian doctrine, refutes the claim that the Cartesian conception of animals as automata was widely embraced, and proves that "theriophily"--The notion of animal superiority over humans - was given greater credence than is commonly recognized. The exhaustive research and breadth of knowledge that Preece reveals in this book are matched by his belief in our ethical responsibilities to animals."--Jacket.
Preece, Rod, 1939-, Chamberlain, Lorna., and Preece, Rod, 1939-
Animal welfare -- Moral and ethical aspects.
"As the most populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare issues which beset Western civilization. The authors of this book, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, find themselves constantly being made aware of the atrocities committed in the Society's jurisdiction. They have been, in turn, puzzled, exasperated and horrified at humanity's cruelty to our fellow sentient beings." "The issues discussed in this book are the most contentious in animal welfare disputes - animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, the use of animals for human consumption. They are complex issues and should be thought about fairly and seriously." "The authors, standing squarely on the side of the animals, suggest "community" and "belonging" as concepts through which to understand our relationships to other species. They ground their ideas in Wordsworth's "primal sympathy" and Jung's "unconscious identity" with the animal realm." "The philosophy developed in this book embraces common sense and compromise as the surest path to the goal of animal welfare. It requires respect and consideration for other species while acknowledging our primary obligations to our fellow humans."--Jacket.