Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Basic Vegan Moral Argument

Let's just get this (the moral argument for veganism) out there, so it's explicit and 'out in the open'.  It's really quite simple, and it will give me the chance to explain a few aspects of logic! SWEEEETT! Come on, tell me that you're not excited ...

There are tons of things I could explain at this point, but we'll just start with the structure of this argument!

Oh excuse my manners. I haven't even introduced you two yet! Shucks.

Here is the basic ethical argument for veganism:

Premise A: It is wrong (or bad) to cause unecessary suffering to others (other sentient beings).

Premise B: The ways that we use (or exploit) animals for food, clothes, etc. is unecessary.

Conclusion: Therefore using animals for these purposes is wrong (or bad).

Now allow me to explain a few components of the logic here.

This is an ethical argument because it makes a statement about what is right or wrong (good or bad).  Ethical arguments do this.  This is of course a statement about what we shouldn't be doing, exploiting animals.

Also it is a syllogistic argument (a type of deductive logic). A syllogism is an argument where the conclusion is inferred by the premises, meaning it must follow.

The premises are axiomatic, meaning they are self-evident.  That does not mean that they may NOT be contested.  If someone wants to work against this argument they would need to attack the premises afterall.

That's probably about enough fun for now ... Settle down children.  I'll write again soon. Then we can have loads more fun with logic.  Soon I'll explain possible contentions with this argument and in so doing explain further the details behind the axioms.

This Blog is ...

A place to record and discuss the logic of veganism and other arguments that surround it.  This isn't a silly little game of patty-cake.  This is the real deal!  The point is to outline arguments for veganism (especially the moral ones), and discuss and provide knowledge of the various fallacies and logic of arguments for other positions.  Believe me there are a lot of fallacies that people use when they think they are proposing a valid argument.

This is a place then, for us to help each other stay or become logically consistent.  Now, I know, for some of you that may sound about as fun as watch the date on your calendar or watching the vegan cake rise in the oven.  To some of you the latter may even seem more entertaining; however, I encourage you to consider the value of logic in your life.  It is the foundation for a great of our meaningful discourse.  Whether we are debating or just having a conversation logic is the agreed upon mediator of our discussion.  Regardless of the setting providing arguments that are invalid or fallacious to support your case is never going to fly with anyone.  Logic is fun; it's a concise yet elegant craft that truly enriches our lives by allowing us to be people of greater integrity.

Jeez, this sounds so serious! LMAO! I love logic, and I think it's fun; I love having regular fun too.

Basically I just wanted a place to discuss the logic of veganism (and explain the fallacies of arguments that I have come across proposed by non-vegans).

It's about a logical approach to veganism. Arm yourself, so that you know what you're talking about.