I receive Word of the Day emails from the wordsmith, and this week’s theme are words dealing with veganism because this week’s guest wordsmith is Matt Ball, the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Vegan Outreach. I didn’t immediately understand how the word Cartesian fit with the veganism theme, but, fortunately, the wordsmith provides examples of how the word is used. I liked what the example has to say, and thought I would post it.
Cartesian (kar-TEE-zhuhn) adjective
Of or relating to Descartes, his theories, methods, or philosophy,
especially its emphasis on mechanistic interpretation.
[From Cartesius, Latin form of Descartes, after philosopher René Descartes
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“To visit a modern CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) is to enter a
world that, for all its technological sophistication, is still designed
according to Cartesian principles: animals are machines incapable of
feeling pain. Since no thinking person can possibly believe this any more,
industrial animal agriculture depends on a suspension of disbelief on the
part of the people who operate it and a willingness to avert your eyes on
the part of everyone else.”
Michael Pollan; An Animal’s Place; The New York Times; Nov 10, 2002.