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Pendaries, I.A.

Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Veganism Light. The Feasibility of a Moral Ideal

Is it realistic to ask of moral agents to follow a vegan lifestyle? This appears to be dubious. To begin with, veganism is still largely misunderstood, if not simply ignored. This is also true within the philosophy community, where veganism is most often treated as a marginal trend.

However, a small but growing number of ethicists have started to seriously consider that our consumption patterns might have an impact on the food and other industries in terms of accountability. Moral boycotts, and other kind of “dollar-voting” attitudes, have become justifiable in many moral philosophies and some even pretend to be life commitments one ought to take.

In this thesis, I argue that veganism is a requirement that can be grounded in utilitarian ethics. I discuss then the difficulties of following veganism by the book, and how these difficulties may hinder the relevancy of the vegan ethical argument. Eventually, I call for a feasible version of veganism: Veganism Light
Laatst gewijzigd:04 november 2013 13:51