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EATING RIGHT: THE ETHICS OF FOOD CHOICES AND FOOD POLICY January 28, 2011 The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism
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Plan for Today: Admin stuff James Rachels’ argument for vegetarianism
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Admin Stuff: Clickers Registered your clicker? A) Yes B) No
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Admin Stuff: Clickers Please register your clicker, at www.iclicker.com Use your Sakai ID. ( Not your RU student ID number.)
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Admin Stuff: Short Assignments Short assignment due tonight Hand in to Sakai site for your recitation section. New short assignment due Wednesday 2/2
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. Not the only way to characterize Rachels’ argument. But pretty clear, pretty straightforward. Seem fair?
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. So now we’ve got a nice clear argument to work with. Is it any good?
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Reactions: A) I’m convinced. The conclusion is true. B) I’m not convinced. I think premise (1) might be false. C) I’m not convinced. I think premise (2) might be false. D) I’m not convinced. I think the argument might be invalid. E) I’m not sure what I think. The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. So now we’ve got a nice clear argument to work with. Is it any good?
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. Let’s look a little closer.
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. First premise first.
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. The qualificatation is important. The version of premise (1) that didn’t include the qualification would be crazy. Vaccinations for kids.
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. Going to the dentist.
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason. 2) Eating animals causes pain without a good enough reason._______ 3) It’s wrong to eat animals. Slightly more controversially, preventative violence.
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The Basic Argument for Vegetarianism 1) It’s wrong to cause pain without a good enough reason.
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