Food for Thought: Philosophy and Food

Food for Thought: Philosophy and Food

by Elizabeth Telfer
     
 

What are the moral implications of our attitude to food, and what are the implications of its importance in our culture? This short and accessible book answers questions about the place food should have in our individual lives. Food for Thought brings together the work of philosophers from Plato to John Stuart Mill, Aristotle to Kant, to help us think about the issues… See more details below

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What are the moral implications of our attitude to food, and what are the implications of its importance in our culture? This short and accessible book answers questions about the place food should have in our individual lives. Food for Thought brings together the work of philosophers from Plato to John Stuart Mill, Aristotle to Kant, to help us think about the issues surrounding food. How can we justify the recent explosion of attention given to gourmet food in a world where many are starving? Do we have a duty to be healthy? Are hospitableness and temperance moral virtues? Is the pleasure of good food illusory? Food for Thought is intended to make those who are involved in working with food think about some of the principles underpinning this field. For those studying philosophy, the book shows how traditional philosophy and some of its classic texts can illuminate an everyday subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415133814
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/16/1996
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Feeding the hungry5
2The pleasures of food24
3Food as art41
4Food duties61
5Hospitableness82
6Temperance103
Conclusion120
Bibliography126
Index129

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