Food for Thought: Philosophy and Food

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415133814
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/16/1996
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Feeding the hungry 5
2 The pleasures of food 24
3 Food as art 41
4 Food duties 61
5 Hospitableness 82
6 Temperance 103
Conclusion 120
Bibliography 126
Index 129
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