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Thinking of Becoming a Vegetarian? Well, You Can’t.

By Alex McKechnie

March 01, 2016

A Crititque of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism by Drexel Professor Andrew Smith

We all have that one snooty friend who is always talking about the ethical reasons for his vegetarianism. Well, now you can prove him wrong.

A new book by Andrew Smith, PhD, an assistant professor of philosophy in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences who specializes in environmental philosophy, makes the case that there isn’t a morally defensible argument for vegetarianism, and in fact, you can’t even actually be vegetarian. The book,  “A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism,”was released by Palgrave Macmillan this month.

Daniel Quinn, author of the award-winning philosophical novel “Ishmael,” said of the book: “This is one of the most important books I’ve read in the past two decades, and I think you’ll agree, whether you’re vegetarian, vegan or neither. It will change your mind in significant ways (it did mine), and you’ll enjoy the process, even if it means relinquishing some assumptions you once considered far too self-evident to be questioned.”

Himself a vegetarian — if he could be — for 25+ years, Smith draws on the latest research in plant science, systems ecology, environmental philosophy and cultural anthropology to eliminate the distinction between vegetarians and omnivores.

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