Profile: Andrew Smith


Andrew Smith is the author of two books, The Deliberative Impulse (Lexington Books, 2011) and A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
He's currently working on his third book, on Daniel Quinn’s philosophy. Quinn is a novelist, cultural critic, and theorist of ecological and social sustainability.
He's also working on articles in which he assess what facing up to ecological catastrophe should entail and the ethical bases for resisting the main protagonists of ecocide.
His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, the Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and the International Journal of the Philosophy of Religion.

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Why It’s Impossible To Actually Be a Vegetarian

Clearly, animals eat plants. What’s not so clear from this picture is that plants also eat animals. They thrive on them, in fact (just Google “fish emulsion”). In my new book, “A Critique of the Moral Defense of Vegetarianism,” I call it the transitivity of eating. And I argue that this means one can’t be a vegetarian.

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