Why was Tolstoy vegetarian? [Illustrated]

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Philosophy returns; this time with an examination of Leo Tolstoy’s vegetarianism! Some of you may already know that the illustrious novelist was an ardent defender of so-called “Pythagorean” diets, but what is less commonly known is the underlying philosophy driving this decision. Accordingly, this video aims to provide insight into the philosophical beliefs of one of literature’s greatest writers, as well as introducing greater depth to an already well-trodden discourse on meat-based diets.

Here are the shopping links for some of the texts used in this video:

The Metaphysics of Morals (Kant)

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (Tolstoy)

The Ethics of Diet (Williams) + The First Step (Tolstoy)

The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci (Merezhkovsky)

Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (Diogenes)

Man’s Place in Nature (Twain)

Here is a link to the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s ‘Meat Atlas’: https://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/publications/foee_hbf_meatatlas_jan2014.pdf

[Music: Beautiful Oblivion by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au]



jonny shaw says:

🙏🏽 excellent, thoughtful work

ocean ramon says:

this video should not be about vegetarians as vegetarians eat dairy and eggs. Tolstoy was also opposed to these animal products as well. So was Pythagoras. Pythagoras was the first vegan.

BlossomParadoxe says:

can you do godel's incompleteness and completness theorem?

Farzeen shahzad says:

Brilliantly explained

De teo says:

These videos always leave me wanting an hour long version of the topic.

Z. A. says:

Very interesting. Thanks 👍

Govind Kaushik says:

Great video 👍

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