This week we’re considering the question of whether it’s ethical to…This week we’re considering the question of whether it’s ethical to eat meat, particularly from the perspective of virtue ethics. Begin by reading this article in Newsweek by philosopher Joan McGregor, which reviews the three basic ethical approaches to the issue of eating meat:Eating Meat: What Do Philosophers Say?Links to an external site.First, explain what each of the three approaches has to say about eating meat: utilitarianism, Kantian deontology (on the basis of “human exceptionalism”), and virtue ethics. Second, explain how the theory of virtue ethics, as we’ve learned about it this week, would lead to the conclusion that eating meat is wrong. To help you with this question, you are welcome make use of this brief article by Cheryl Abbate:Virtues and AnimalsLinks to an external site.Third, do you think the virtue ethicist is right that a person of character does not eat meat? If that approach does not move you, do you find the utilitarian or deontological approach more compelling? Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy PHI 208
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