Beer and Philosophy: The Unexamined Beer Isn't Worth Drinking

Beer and Philosophy: The Unexamined Beer Isn't Worth Drinking

by Steven D. Hales
     
 

A beer-lovers' book which playfully examines a myriad of philosophical concerns related to beer consumption.

  • Effectively demonstrates how real philosophical issues exist just below the surface of our everyday activities
  • Divided into four sections: The Art of the Beer; The Ethics of Beer: Pleasures, Freedom, and

Overview

A beer-lovers' book which playfully examines a myriad of philosophical concerns related to beer consumption.

  • Effectively demonstrates how real philosophical issues exist just below the surface of our everyday activities
  • Divided into four sections: The Art of the Beer; The Ethics of Beer: Pleasures, Freedom, and Character; The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Beer; and Beer in the History of Philosophy
  • Uses the context of beer to expose George Berkeley’s views on fermented beverages as a medical cure; to inspect Immanuel Kant’s transcendental idealism through beer goggles, and to sort out Friedrich Nietzsche’s simultaneous praise and condemnation of intoxication
  • Written for beer-lovers who want to think while they drink

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Originally developed as the final installment in an Epicurean Trilogy the book stands on its own as a collection of essays on beer and its place in history its role in our lives and contributions to humanity” “Beer & Philosophy is a post exam tonic for those normally immersed in academic texts and a delightful diversion for your average post grad beer nerd” (Yankee Brew News)

“It turns out that not only have reputable psychologists at well-respected institutions done experimental studies on this effect, but it also serves as a kind of foul point for various philosophical questions. The works set out to address the intersection between philosophy and areas of everyday general concern: food, wine, and beer. In addition to straightforward philosophical discussions, the volumes include historical discussions, legal questions, some personal reflections. Beer and Philosophy … includes essays that encourage the next step of engaging philosophers themselves, has the fewest contributions with only a tangential link to philosophy … and discusses a wide range of issues.” (Gastronomica, Fall 2008)

"[T]his really is a superb and accessible book, that dares to take a different angle towards beer-writing. It’s funny, knowing and well-written and much recommended" (British Guild of Beer Writers, November 2007 Newsletter)

"Much of this book is well written and interesting as well as accessible for a casual reader coming across new and interesting ideas." (What's Brewing)

“A truly well rounded view…and a critical reflection on what and how we eat can contribute to a robust enjoyment of gastronomic pleasures.” (Gourmet Retailer)

“You’re bound to come away from the reading experiences forever changed in the way you think about beer.” (Celebrator Beer News)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405154307
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/21/2007
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Don't be intimidated. This enjoyable tome is for anyone who has ever peeled a beer label and declared, 'I drink, therefore I am'"
-Joe Sixpack, Philadelphia Daily News

“Whether your glass is half full or half empty, break out your favorite beers and contemplate the Socrates and Platos of our time. Beer & Philosophy could provoke, prod, inspire and antagonize every one of the world's beer drinkers.”
-Charlie Papazian, author, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and Microbrewed Adventures

"There has recently been a proliferation of stimulating "philosophy of" volumes, treating topics from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to poker. But what could be more philosophically worthy than that noble draught of hop and grain? Pour yourself a cold one — preferably your favorite craft or home brew — have a sit with this volume, and prepare to see the mysteries of the universe unravel, or at least seem a little less pressing."
-John M. Doris, Washington University in St. Louis

Meet the Author

Steven D. Hales is Professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University. He received a PhD from Brown University and specializes in epistemology and metaphysics. A prolific writer, Hales was the 2006 recipient of the Bloomsburg University teaching award.

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