Ethics and history of veganism

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions.

Albert Einstein

About the section

Ethics are a difficult part of the question of veganism. Difficult, because most of the discussion on ethics relies and world views rather than facts. This implies that it can prove difficult to allow an interested reader such as you to explore it without our own bias and world view getting in the way.

Therefore, we thought that the best way for the reader to explore this part of the question would be to first confront himself with his own worldviews and their consequences. We call them “axioms”, meaning statements that are to be taken as true, as they are untestable.

In our view, it’s from these “axioms” that all of our worldview derives. An example of axiom can be “human life is important”. No amount of science could really tell us that this statement is true or false – but if you believe it, it might explain why you also believe that humans have rights, that we should avoid wars, and so on.

With that goal in mind, we present to you the “tree of ethics” (soon to come). Starting with different original axioms – such as “human life is more important than others”, “all life are equally important”, “life is not important at all”, etc. -, you will be able to discover the logical consequences of the said axioms if these are taken as true. This way, you will be able to see if your actions match with your beliefs – or if you might not have thought everything through.

A second way to explore this question would be to propose elements of history and existing debates concerning the ethic of animal exploitation. Therefore, you will also find several synthesis of such debates, or of points of view coming from famous persons in history such as Descartes, or Leonardo Da Vinci.

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