Eat This Book

A Carnivore's Manifesto

Dominique Lestel. Translated by Gary Steiner

Columbia University Press

Eat This Book

Pub Date: March 2016

ISBN: 9780231172974

160 Pages

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Eat This Book

A Carnivore's Manifesto

Dominique Lestel. Translated by Gary Steiner

Columbia University Press

If we want to improve the treatment of animals, Dominique Lestel argues, we must acknowledge our evolutionary impulse to eat them and we must expand our worldview to see how others consume meat ethically and sustainably. The position of vegans and vegetarians is unrealistic and exclusionary. Eat This Book calls at once for a renewed and vigorous defense of animal rights and a more open approach to meat eating that turns us into responsible carnivores.

Lestel skillfully synthesizes Western philosophical views on the moral status of animals and holistic cosmologies that recognize human-animal reciprocity. He shows that the carnivore's position is more coherently ethical than vegetarianism, which isolates humans from the world by treating cruelty, violence, and conflicting interests as phenomena outside of life. Describing how meat eaters assume completely—which is to say, metabolically—their animal status, Lestel opens our eyes to the vital relation between carnivores and animals and carnivores' genuine appreciation of animals' life-sustaining flesh. He vehemently condemns factory farming and the terrible footprint of industrial meat eating. His goal is to recreate a kinship between humans and animals that reminds us of what it means to be tied to the world.
Witty and comical yet always serious in its defense of meat eating, Eat This Book is a pure joy to read. Brett Buchanan, Laurentian University
Eat This Book challenges ethical vegetarians with a variety of counterarguments to consider. Though some of the rhetoric may prove indigestible, such skepticism ultimately feeds the philosophic debate on diet. Ralph R. Acampora, Hofstra University
Translator's Preface
A Sort of Apéritif
Appetizer: How Does One Recognize an Ethical Vegetarian?
Hors d'Oeuvre: A Short History of Vegetarian Practices
First Course: Some (Good) Reasons Not to Become an Ethical Vegetarian
Second Course: The Ethics of the Carnivore
A Sort of Dessert
Postface
Notes
Bibliography

Read "A Sort of Apéritif," Dominique Lestel's introduction to Eat This Book:

About the Author

Dominique Lestel is an associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He is a founding member and part of the Archives Husserl Research Center and, with Thierry Bardini, is coauthor of Journey to the End of the Species.

Gary Steiner is professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. He is the author of Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism; Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals in the History of Western Philosophy; and Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship.