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Saturday Conversations

TOPIC: Vegetarianism as a way of life

Vegetarianism and Veganism are characterized by the reduction or elimination of animal products from one's diet and sometimes even things such as our clothing and furniture. For some, this is for health reasons, for others it is for ethical reasons. I find that questions like these tend to probe the edges of our sense of ethics and duty. We tend to think of humans as being uniquely special in ethical terms, but on what grounds? It is for this reason that this conversation has been suggested in order to explore some of the philosophical implications of Vegetarianism/Veganism vs the consuming of animal products.

 

Some light reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism#Philosophy:_ethical_and_environmental_perspectives

 

Questions:

Are there valid health reasons for reducing or eliminating animal products from our diets?

Is animal suffering a necessary condition of the meat industry?

Are there moral considerations/obligations involving our food?

If so, on what grounds?

If there are moral obligations which would prohibit us from eating meat, are we also morally obligated to prevent others from eating meat?

Would that obligation extend to non-human carnivores?

What about products of animal labor such as honey and silk?

 

Feel free to suggest more questions in the comments below, or start up a discussion on the message board.

 

Location and Price:

This meetup will be in the upstairs of Whole Foods Market. If it is nice out, we may choose to sit outside on the balcony. There is also a suggested (but by no means mandatory) $2 donation to help cover the cost of maintaining this meetup group.

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  • Nathaniel

    Unfortunately, neither I nor Sherrina will be able to attend this Saturday as we will be attending a funeral on that day.

    April 24, 2013

  • Rinda G.

    I'll miss you guys.

    April 12, 2013

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