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Howard Williams (1837-1931) was an English humanitarian and vegetarian, and author of the book The Ethics of Diet, an anthology of vegetarian thought.

The book, first published in 1883, tells the history of vegetarianism since the writings of the first Pythagorean philosophers of the Ancient World until the author’s time.Among the authors mentioned in the book are: Ovid, Plutarch, Porphyry, Luigi Cornaro, Michel de Montaigne, John Ray, Voltaire, Alexander Pope, Percy Shelley, Alphonse de Lamartine, Joseph Ritson, and Gustav Struve. Not all authors mentioned in the book were vegetarians (Thomas More, for example, was probably not a vegetarian), but they all had critical views of meat-eating).

It was of some importance at the time. As Jon Gregerson wrote in Vegetarianism: A History, “Not unimportant in the momentum gathered by the Vegetarian Movement in late Victorian England was a book by one Howard Williams entitled The Ethics of Diet, which was published in 1890”. It was read by Indian spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi, Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, English social reformer Henry Stephens Salt, and Portuguese philosopher Jaime de Magalhães Lima (as he mentioned in his conference O Vegetarismo e a Moralidade das Raças).

Gandhi, who met Williams in Ventnor, wrote in his autobiography: "My faith in vegetarianism grew on me from day to day. Salt's book Plea for Vegetarianism whetted my appetite for dietetic studies. I went in for all books available on vegetarianism and read them. One of these, Howard Williams' The Ethics of Diet, was a 'biographical history of the literature of humane dietetics from the earliest period to the present day'".

Tolstoy considered it an “excellent book”, and in 1892 he wrote the preface to the Russian translation. According to Tolstoy (1911, pp. 91—92) “The precise reason why abstinence from animal food will be the first act of fasting and of a moral life is admirably explained in the book, The Ethics of Diet; and not by one man only, but by all mankind in the persons of its best representatives during all the conscious life of humanity." Henry Stephens Salt commented that “Of all recent books on the subject of animals’ rights this is by far the most scholarly and exhaustive”. Jaime de Magalhães Lima, (a vegetarian and a Tolstoyan), used Williams book as a reference to write his 1912 conference O Vegetarismo e a Moralidade das raças .

In 1896 a new edition appeared with additional material (chapters on Asoka, Oliver Goldsmith, Henry David Thoreau, Richard Wagner, and Anna Kingsford, among others). The book however became a rarity, only available in certain libraries. In 2003, the University of Illinois Press edited a new edition with an additional introduction by eco-feminism author Carol J. Adams.

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Kant and the End of War A Critique of Just War Theory
2012 - Kant and the End of War a Critique of Just War Theory [International Political Theory] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780230244207
ISBN-10: 0230244203
Genres: Law, Politics & Social Sciences
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The superstitions of witchcraft
2010 - The Superstitions of Witchcraft (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781178020830
ISBN-10: 1178020835
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality
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Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain
2010 - Death and Memory in Early Medieval Britain [Cambridge Studies in Archaeology] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780521142250
ISBN-10: 0521142253
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English Letters and Letterwriters of the Eighteenth Century With Explanatory Notes
Lucian's Dialogues Namely the Dialogues of the Gods of the Sea-Gods and of the Dead Zeus the Tragedian the Ferry-Boat Etc
The Ethics of Diet An Anthology of Vegetarian Thought
2010 - The Ethics of Diet an Anthology of Vegetarian Thought (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781907355219
ISBN-10: 1907355219
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The Ethics of Diet A Biographical History of the Literature of Humane Dietetics From the Earliest Period to the Present Day
Anthologia Anglica a New Selection From the English Poets From Spenser to Shelley With Short Literary Notices by H Williams
Lucian's dialogues namely the dialogues of the gods of the sea-gods and of the dead Zeus the tr
English letters and letterwriters of the eighteenth century
2009 - English Letters and Letterwriters of the Eighteenth Century (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217716963
ISBN-10: 0217716962
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A year in the life of Peartree House BB
2005 - A Year in the Life of Peartree House Bb (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781411655942
ISBN-10: 141165594X
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Kant's Critique of Hobbes Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism
2003 - Kant's Critique of Hobbes Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism [Political Philosophy Now series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708318140
ISBN-10: 0708318142
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction
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The Ethics of Diet A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-Eating
Francis Fukuyama and the End of History
1999 - Francis Fukuyama and the End of History [Political Philosophy Now] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780708314272
ISBN-10: 0708314279
Genre: Nonfiction
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Francis Fukuyama  and the End of History
1997 - Francis Fukuyama and the End of History [Political Philosophy Now series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780708314289
ISBN-10: 0708314287
Genre: Nonfiction
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International Relations and the Limits of Political Theory
1996 - International Relations and the Limits of Political Theory (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312159399
ISBN-10: 0312159390
Genre: Nonfiction
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International Relations in Political Theory
1991 - International Relations in Political Theory (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780335156276
ISBN-10: 0335156274
Genre: Nonfiction
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Giving Up for Good Become an Ex-Smoker in Four Simple Steps
1987 - Giving Up for Good Become an Ex-smoker in Four Simple Steps (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780713717334
ISBN-10: 0713717335
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Kant's Political Philosophy
1983 - Kant's Political Philosophy (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780631131236
ISBN-10: 063113123X
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The Diary of a Rowing Tour from Oxford to London in 1875
1982 - The Diary of a Rowing Tour From Oxford to London in 1875 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780904387704
ISBN-10: 0904387704
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel
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