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Received his B.A. from UC Berkeley in 1992 and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1998. He is presently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Skepticism and the Veil of Perception (2001), Ethical Intuitionism (2005), and more than forty academic articles in epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and political philosophy.
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Reply to Walter Block on Ethical Vegetarianism

I address Walter Block’s recent criticisms of my book, Dialogues on Ethical Vegetarianism. Methodologically, Block relies too much on appeals to contentious and extreme assumptions. Substantively, most of his objections are irrelevant to the central issue of the book. Those that are relevant turn on false assumptions or lead to absurd consequences. In the end, Block’s claim to oppose suffering cannot be reconciled with his indifference to a practice that probably causes, every few years, more suffering than all the suffering in human history.

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