Philosophy of Food

ISBN-10: 0520269349
ISBN-13: 9780520269347
Edition: 2011
Authors: David Kaplan
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

This book explores food from a philosophical perspective, bringing together sixteen leading philosophers to consider the most basic questions about food: What is it exactly? What should we eat? How do we know it is safe? How should food be distributed? What is good food? David M. Kaplan's erudite and informative introduction grounds the discussion, showing how philosophers since Plato have taken up questions about food, diet, agriculture, and animals. However, until recently, few have considered food a standard subject fir serious philosophical debate. Each of the essays in this book brings in-depth analysis to many contemporary debates in food studies--Slow Food, sustainability, food safety, and politics--and addresses such issues as "happy meat," aquaculture, veganism, and table manners. The result is an extraordinary resource that guides readers to think more clearly and responsibly about what we consume and how we provide for ourselves, and illuminates the reasons why we act as we do.

Introduction: The Philosophy of Food
Real Men have Manners
Down-Home Global Cooking: A Third Option between Cosmopolitanism and Localism
Hunger is the Best Sauce: The Aesthetics of Food
Smells, Tastes, and Everyday Aesthetics
Ethical Gourmandism
Two Evils in Food Country: Hunger and Lack of Representation
Ethics and Genetically Modified Food
The Ethics of Food Safety in the Twenty-First Century: Who Keeps the Public Good?
The Myth of Happy Meat
Animal Welfare, Happy Meat, and Veganism as the Moral Baseline
Animal Ethics and Food Production in the Twenty-First Century
Nature Politics and the Philosophy of Agriculture
The Ethics and Sustainability of Aquaculture
Scenarios for Food Security
Nutritionism and Functional Foods
In Vitro Meat: What are the Moral Issues?
Contributors
Index

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