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FEWD – Research Area: Interdisciplinary Vegetarianism


Welcome to Interdisciplinary Vegetarianism, a field of study that is the first of its kind in Austria. The focal point of which is a comprehensive documentation of a variety of subjects pertaining to culture and social sciences.

The relevant bibliographies – based on extensive three-monthly data base findings – are to be found under the respective subjects. It is precisely the social sciences of psychology and sociology that have an important bearing on related topics such as nutritional studies and ecology which are of an empirical natural scientific nature. Humanities subjects such as philosophy, history and theology logically have the question of animal ethics and animal rights at their core, as well as the crucial problem of world hunger and global warming.

The renowned anthologies Food for Thought: The Debate over Eating Meat and Ethical Vegetarianism contain key texts and philosophical studies. The Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism is also important to mention as it is the first encyclopedia of its kind. Information on broader topics is provided by the FEWD vegetarianism bibliographies, particularly those on humanities and the social sciences. These essential FEWD vegetarian bibliographies are followed for the most part by peer review texts from humanities and the social sciences. Most of these articles are on the FEWD website for our research partners in PDF format online available. Finally there is the FEWD topic Vegetarian Gastrosophy  recommending applied ethical hedonism projects such as Philosophy and Wine, topvegetarianrestaurants.net, and cordonvert.co.uk.


FEWD Focus of Research: Vegetarianism – From Asceticism to Ethical Hedonism


The focus of research Vegetarianism – From Asceticism to Ethical Hedonism seeks – for the first time in terms of studies in the German language – to challenge the prevalent idea of vegetarianism, and especially veganism as being rigid and ascetic lifestyles.

To this end, there is a need for an increased exchange of information between academics and multipliers such as journalists and teachers in relevant studies and publications etc.

The main goal is – in the context of a pluralistic society – to bring vegetarianism / veganism into the public arena of debate, and to do so more effectively using ethical hedonistic arguments. Thereby reinforcing it as a subject in interdisciplinary academic discourse as well as in wider public debate. The arguments for ethical hedonism follow in the tradition of enlightened humanism.


List of scholars publishing about Vegetarianism.


Important supporters of our FEWD – Research Area: Interdisciplinary Vegetarianism  are, amongst others, Vier Pfoten, Vegusto, EVU, VEBU, Vegan.at


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