Stephen R. L. Clark

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Stephen Richard Lyster Clark (born October 30, 1945) is a British philosopher and professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Liverpool. He specialises in the philosophy of religion and animal rights.


The Moral Status of Animals[edit]

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977
  • It is plain that the present system of intensive farming cannot be defended. … Let us then be vegetarians, at least. For those who have recognized flesh-eating for what it is, the merest addiction, and one, as Shelley saw, to ‘kindle all putrid humours in (our) frame’ … for such moralists the step is easy. It is not necessary, rather it is incompetent, to kill and torture animals to eat.
    • p. 46
  • Those who still eat flesh when they could do otherwise have no claim to be serious moralists.
    • p. 47

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