Vegetarianism - Part 1: A Philosophical and Historical Perspective

Null, Gary; Feldman, Martin
July 2011
Townsend Letter;Jul2011, Issue 336, p64
The article provides a historical and philosophical discussion of vegetarianism. The different kinds of vegetarian eaters are described, including vegans, lacto-vegetarians, pesco-vegetarians and pollo-vegetarians. Vegetarianism's connection with religious disciplines such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church is explored. Examples of historical persons and celebrities who were vegetarians are given, including the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates, artist Leonardo da Vinci, and writer George Bernard Shaw.


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