Items related to Radical Vegetarianism: A Dialectic of Diet and Ethic

Radical Vegetarianism: A Dialectic of Diet and Ethic - Softcover

9781590561515: Radical Vegetarianism: A Dialectic of Diet and Ethic
View all copies of this ISBN edition
“This is the vegetarian dialectic of diet and ethic: not coincidentally, but absolutely essentially, those foods that deprive the fewest lives of others contribute to the longest lives for ourselves.” (from the preface)
“Vegetarians are not a better sort of people, just a better sort of carnivore,” writes Braunstein in Radical Vegetarianism, “and carnivores are just a better sort of cannibal.” In this updated edition of the 1981 classic, Braunstein courageously takes on the canned canards, sacred cows, and wooly thinking of carnivores and vegetarians alike, and proposes a vegetarianism that goes beyond the stereotypes of pot-lucks and Birkenstocks to one that embraces contradiction and candor, or, as Braunstein says (channeling the Ancients), “Gnaw Thyself.”

  • Part One: Diet
    • Nutrition in the Light of Vegetarianism:
      Why not to eat flesh―The body has two healths: the physical and the spiritual. Mere nutrition fails which tends only to the former. Not only is physical health possible through vegetarianism, spiritual health actually demands such a diet.
    • Ashes to Ashes, Life to Life:
      Why not to eat flesh, and why to eat fruit―We grow on fruits; fruits grow on trees; trees grow on us. What comes out depends on what goes in. Everything gotten must be given back.
    • Letter to a Young Vegetarian:
      What to eat, and how to eat it―The simplest approach to nutrition is the best. The raw facts of a nourishing vegetarian diet are as simple as they are sensible, as delicious as they are nutritious.
    • Traveling Fast:
      What not to eat, and how not to eat it―Away from home, maintaining a healthful diet may prove difficult. At such times it may be better not to eat at all. At the right time and place, the silence between the sounds makes the music.
    • The Milky Way:
      Why not to drink milk―Lacto-vegetarianism is only a modified carnivorism. Complete vegetarians, also called vegans, abstain not just from animal flesh but from all animal products. What comes from an animal is animal.

  • Part Two: Ethic
    • Animals and Infidels:
      Why animals have a right to live―The religions of the West have turned their backs on animals, so we must turn to either the philosophies of the West or the religions of the East. Yet all we really need do is turn to the animals.
    • Carnivoral Death and Karmic Debt:
      Why whoever lets animals live will live longer―The less suffering we cause to others, the less we ourselves will suffer. Eater and eaten, killer and killed, are one.
    • The Illogic of the Ecologic:
      How to kill less by eating fruits and eating raw―The less we kill, the more that humans and animals have to eat. The human population can grow so long as its proportion of vegetarians increases. Yet such an alternative to world catastrophe may be only a postponement.
    • The Problem of Being a Flesh Eater:
      How animals have been denied the right to live―Humans have persisted in carnivorism partially because they fail to acknowledge that eating flesh means killing animals. Our ignorance causes their deaths.
    • An Apologetic Addendum:
      Why humans also have rights, and how one of those rights just may be to eat animals―We do not know all the answers; we do not even know all the questions. The butcher is no less a human being than the baker or the candlestick-maker.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Author:
For advocating veganism, the book was branded radical when first published in 1981. All of 36 years later and now looking back, some contemporary readers describe the book as pioneering and prophetic, praise which I can accept with alacrity. As a vegan since 1970, I can attest that two human generations ago few vegetarians and fewer carnivores knew the words VEGAN or VEGANISM, neither their definitions nor their tenets. Hence my not titling the 1981 book Radical Veganism.

For the 2010 Revised Edition, for which one-third of the book was updated and rewritten, some readers have suggested changing the title to Radical Veganism. But I shun the conventional pronunciations of VEGAN and VEGANISM with sharp G's, as in GUN, and thus brandish the very concept we would wish to banish. So rather than be caught with a smoking V-Gun in my hand, I'll stick to my guns, and retain the title Radical Vegetarianism.
About the Author:
Mark Mathew Braunstein's articles about vegan vegetarianism have appeared in Vegetarian Times, Natural Health (East West), Vegetarian Voice, Animals' Agenda, Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Science, Backpacker, Healing Our World, Spirit of Change, and elsewhere. He is the author of the books Sprout Garden, Microgreen Garden, and two other books.  You can read many of his vegan articles at MarkBraunstein.Org

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

  • PublisherLantern Books
  • Publication date2009
  • ISBN 10 1590561511
  • ISBN 13 9781590561515
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages187
  • Rating

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Braunstein, Mark
Published by Lantern Books, 2019
ISBN 10: 1590561511 ISBN 13: 9781590561515
New Paperback

Quantity: 1 available

Seller: Save With Sam, North Miami, FL, U.S.A.

Seller Rating: 5-star rating, Learn more about seller ratings

Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1590561511

Contact seller

Buy New

US$ 73.06
Convert currency
Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

Add to basket