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Carlo Alvaro teaches philosophy at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York and at St. Francis College.
Chapter 1: Kant, Animals, and Indirect Moral Duty
Kant, Marginal Cases, and Animals
What’s Wrong with the Indirect Duty View?
Two Neo-Kantian Views
Chapter 2: Utilitarianism: All that is Gold does not Glitter
Some basic Tenets of Utilitarianism
Utilitarianism = Vegetarianism?
Chapter 3: Eating People and Eating Animals
Utilitarians and Animals
Eating Animals and People
Chapter 4: A New Horizon: Virtue Ethics
On Morality and the Discipline of Non-Aretaic Authorities
What is Virtue Ethics?
The Virtue Approach
The Components of VE
Chapter 5: What about Our Treatment of Animals?
The Scope of Virtue
Animal Ethics Needs Virtue
Chapter 6: Veganism as a Virtue
Some Tenets of Virtue Ethics
Four Important Virtues: temperance, compassion, fairness, and greatness of the soul
Eating Meat and the Destruction of the Environment
Chapter 7: Some Objections
Being Vegans is not for everyone
Where Do We Draw the Line?
Plants Suffer Too
Eating Meat is an Enjoyable Experience
Eating animals is natural
Animals Eat Other Animals
What about Tradition?
Religion Allows Meat
Eating Meat is Healthful
Chapter 8: Awareness: What we do to Animals
Should We Become All Vegans?
The Link between Virtue and Veganism
Reaching People in Non-Manipulative Ways
Chapter 9: Ethical Veganism’s Beef with Cultured Meat
Virtue and Objections
Ethical Veganism and Lab-Grown Meat
Abortion and Meat
In Ethical Veganism, Carlo Alvaro makes a valiant and convincing argument to replace deontological and utilitarian moral theories regarding animal rights with, instead, virtue ethics. The writing is clear, lucid, and engaging. In fact, I read the book in a matter of days, finding it hard to put down. . . . a shining example of applied ethics and environmental philosophy.— Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
One of the best features of this book is that it offers very helpful summaries and references to scientific literature in favor of vegetarian and/or vegan diets, which Alvaro helpfully interprets in light of the virtues of temperance and compassion. Throughout the book Alvaro exhibits an admirable intellectual honesty by stating possible criticisms of his views and he responds to such criticisms in a fair manner. Another strength of the book is its thought-provoking treatment of cultured meat grown in laboratories that does not involve animal suffering (or at least involves less suffering than occurs at present in the meat industry). Alvaro rightly wonders whether developing cultured meat is analogous to reinstituting slavery without the suffering. Overall I think this is a very good book that is essential reading for two types of reader: those who are interested in the case for veganism (in contrast to both meat-eating and vegetarianism) and those who are interested in virtue ethics.— Journal of Animal Ethics