Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Alastair Norcross

Second Advisor

Michael E. Zimmerman

Third Advisor

Iskra Fileva


The Logic of the Larder is a long-lived argument which maintains, at least on a charitable rendition, that conscientious meat-eating is the ideal dietary choice, assuming that the lives of the animals slaughtered for consumption are valuable, and that those animals would not have lived unless brought into existence by humans for consumption. By examining the criticisms of the methodology of ideal theory in normative political philosophy articulated by oppositional theorists, I argue for the relevance of these criticisms to the Logic of the Larder, and to the practice of animal ethics more broadly.