A Thesis Paper on Animals, Ethics,
Factory Farming and Vegetarianism


Jamie Alexandre - April 25, 2000




TABLE OF CONTENTS

BACKGROUND: MY ZOOLOGICAL HISTORY
INTRODUCTION: NEXT OF KIN
CHAPTER 1: HUMANS AND OTHER ANIMALS
    A SENSE OF ‘OTHERNESS’
    SEPARATION
    PYTHAGORAS
    LANGUAGE I
    LANGUAGE II: PRAIRIE DOGS
    LANGUAGE III: PARROT TALK
    CONSCIOUSNESS
    AWARENESS OF TIME
    SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS
    DESCARTES AND MECHANISM
    REASON
    COMPASSION
    CONCLUSION TO CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER 2: ANIMALS IN OUR ETHICS
    WHAT PLACE DO OTHER ANIMALS FIND IN OUR ETHICS?
    THE PROBLEM OF “RATIONAL” ETHICS
    EXPANDING THE CIRCLE
    ARISTOTLE: ANIMALS ARE NOT POLITICAL
    ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
    SPEECH AS A MORAL CRITERION
    THE ABILITY TO SUFFER AS A MORAL CRITERION
    CONSCIOUSNESS AS A MORAL CRITERION
    RATIONALITY AS A MORAL CRITERION
    REVERSING THE BURDEN OF PROOF
    CONCLUSION TO CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER 3: FACTORY FARMING
    BARBARITIES
    THE ORIGINS OF FACTORY FARMING
    A HISTORY OF MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FACTORY FARMING
    “ROBIN REDBREAST IN A CAGE. . .”
    BATTERED BIRDS
    MUTILATION
    TRANSPORTATION
    SLAUGHTER
    CONCLUSION TO CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER 4: VEGETARIANISM
    THE DIET OF PEACE (AND CARROTS)
    PETS VS. DINNER
    WHY VEGETARIAN?
    DEGREES OF VEGETARIANISM
    VEGANISM
    VEGETARIANISM AND AHIMSA IN EASTERN RELIGIONS
    ANTHROPOSOPHICAL NUTRITION
    BUT ANIMALS EAT OTHER ANIMALS!
    BUT ISN’T MEAT-EATING NATURAL?
    CULTURE AND NECESSITY
    CONCLUSION TO CHAPTER FOUR
GENERAL CONCLUSION

 

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as an intern at Farm Sanctuary in California ***

 

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