Sins of the Flesh
A History of Ethical Vegetarian Thought
- PUBLISHED: August 2017
- SUBJECT LISTING: Environmental Studies, Food
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 416 Pages, 6 x 9 in
- ISBN: 9780774815109
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 19th century that vegetarian thought was revived and enjoyed some success. It subsequently went into another period of decline that lasted through much of the 20th century. The authority-questioning cultural revolution of the 1960s brought a fresh resurgence of vegetarian ethics that continues to the present day.
Sins of the Flesh is a ground-breaking history of ethical vegetarianism that will appeal to all readers concerned with human-animal relations and the foundations of animal rights.
Introduction: Bill of Fare to the Feast: The Whats and Whys of Vegetarianism
1. The Human in Prehistory
2. Eastern Religions and Practice
4. Greek Philosophy and Roman Imperium
5. Judaism and The Earlier Christian Heritage
6. Bogomils, Cathars, and the Later Medieval Mind
7. The Humanism of the Renaissance
8. The Cartesians and their Adversaries in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
9. Preaching without Practising: From Mandeville and Pope to Goldsmith and Wagner
10. Militant Advocates: From Oswald and Ritson to Shelley, Phillips, and Gompertz
11. The Victorians, the Edwardians, and the Founding of the Vegetarian Society
12. Vegetarians and Vegans in the Twentieth Century
13. Vegetarianism in North America