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Food Ethics, 2nd Edition

  • Louis P. Pojman
  • Paul Pojman
  • Katie McShane
  • ISBN-10: 1285197313
  • ISBN-13: 9781285197319
  • 800 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2012
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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FOOD ETHICS, 2E explores the relationship between the food industry and individual consumers, people groups, and the environment. This handpicked collection of twenty-six readings examines such topics as genetically modified foods, animal rights, centralized versus local production, vegetarianism, and more. Students are also encouraged to explore the relationship between food ethics and climate change, population, consumption and migration, technology, development and capitalism, and pollution. In addition, this edition includes four new readings and a new basic introduction to ethics. It also features updated introductions, a comprehensive index, and study questions that help students discuss and reflect on noteworthy issues.


  • An intriguing introduction to this emerging discipline opens the textbook and is followed by twenty-five topical readings from diverse voices.

  • Chapter introductions establish frameworks for the readings, provide background material on each reading's social context, offer biographical information on the selection's author, and highlight key information for students to consider while reading.

  • Study questions at the end of each selection promote discussion and reflection, while suggestions for further reading encourage students to discover new topics of interest.

About the Author

Louis P. Pojman

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Louis Pojman passed away in 2005.

Paul Pojman

Paul Pojman completed his Ph. D. at Indiana University, in the department of History and Philosophy of Science. He is currently Assistant Professor at Towson University in the Philosophy Department, and Associated Faculty with the Environmental Studies and Science Programs.

Katie McShane

Katie McShane is an associate professor of philosophy at Colorado State University who works primarily in environmental ethics and ethical theory. She has written articles on ecosystem health, the place of environmental concerns in theories of value, and the moral significance of our emotional engagements with nature. Her work has been published in journals such as Philosophical Studies, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, and Ethics and the Environment. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2002 and her B.A. from Northwestern University in 1993. She previously worked as an assistant professor at North Carolina State University and spent a year as a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Center for Ethics and the Professions.

Table of Contents

David M. Kaplan, Food Ethics.
Immanuel Kant, Rational Beings Alone Have Moral Worth. Holly L Wilson, Green Kant: Kant's Treatment of Animals. Peter Singer, A Utilitarian Defense of Animal Liberation. Tom Regan, The Radical Egalitarian Case for Animal Rights. Mary Anne Warren, A Critique of Regan's Animal Rights Theory.
Bill McKibben, A Special Moment in History: The Challenge of Overpopulation and Overconsumption. Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons. Elinor Ostrom, Joanna Burger, Christopher B. Field, Richard B. Norgaard, and David Policansky, Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges. Jacqueline Kasun, The Unjust War against Population. Garrett Hardin, Lifeboat Ethics. William Murdoch and Allan Oaten, Population and Food: A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics.
Hilary French, You Are What You Breathe. David Watson, We All Live in Bhopal. William F. Baxter, People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution. David Pimentel, Is Silent Spring Beyond Us?.
Mylan Engel, Jr., Hunger, Duty and Ecology: On What We Owe Starving Human Beings. Tristram Coffin, The World Food Supply: The Damage Done by Cattle-Raising . Michael Fox, Vegetarianism and Planetary Health. Jonathan Rauch, Can Frankenfood Save the Planet? Mae Ho, Unholy Alliance: Critiques of Genetically Modified Foods. The ETC Report, The Poor can Feed Themselves. Marion Nestle, From "Eat More" to "Eat Less": 1900-1990. Alice Waters, Slow Food Nation. Eric Schlosser et al., One Thing to Do About Food.

New to this edition

  • "What Is Ethics?" section provides a compelling introduction to ethics, introduces core theories, and defines key terms.
  • New reading selections include material from Policansky, Revisiting the Commons: Local Lessons, Global Challenges; Marion Nestle, From "Eat More" to "Eat Less": 1900-1990; Alice Waters, Slow Food Nation; Eric Schlosser et al., One Thing to Do About Food.
  • An expanded and comprehensive index helps students locate examples, definitions, and arguments.
  • Revised introductions to each section, chapter, and reading ensure that students receive clear and current content.