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Should Whiteheadians Be Vegetarians? A Critical Analysis of the Thoughts of Hartshorne and Dombrowski

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A number of philosophers have found inspiration in the writings of Alfred Whitehead to develop their ideas on environmental and animal ethics. I explore the writings of Charles Hartshorne and Daniel Dombrowski to address the question if Whiteheadians should be vegetarians. I conclude that there is a morally relevant distinction between plants and animals, based on the Whiteheadian view that animals have higher grades of experiences, and that this distinction grounds a moral duty to adopt minimal moral vegetarianism.

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Author(s): Deckers J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Animal Ethics

Year: 2011

Volume: 1

Issue: 2

Pages: 195-209

Print publication date: 01/10/2011

Date deposited: 10/02/2010

ISSN (print): 2156-5414

Publisher: University of Illinois Press


DOI: 10.5406/janimalethics.1.2.0195


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