Moral Vegetarianism and the Philosophy of Mind

  • C.J. Oswald
Keywords: philosophy, vegetarianism, morality


Most arguments for moral vegetarianism rely on the
premise that non-human animals can suffer. In this paper I evaluate
problems that arise from Peter Carruthers’ Higher-Order Thought
theory of consciousness. I argue that, even if we assume that these
problems cannot be overcome, it does not follow that we should not
subscribe to moral vegetarianism. I conclude that we should act as if
non-human animals have subjective experiences for moral reasons,
even if we cannot be certain that they do.

How to Cite
Oswald, C. (2019). Moral Vegetarianism and the Philosophy of Mind. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 9(1), 67-72. Retrieved from