The Taste for Ethics: An Ethic of Food Consumption / Edition 1

The Taste for Ethics: An Ethic of Food Consumption / Edition 1

by Christian Coff
     
 

This book marks a new departure in ethics. In our culture ethics has first and foremost been a question of 'the good life' in relation to other people. Central to this ethic was friendship, inspired by Greek thought, and the caritas concept from the Judaeo-Christian tradition. But no early moral teaching discussed man's relation to the origin of foodstuffs and the… See more details below

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This book marks a new departure in ethics. In our culture ethics has first and foremost been a question of 'the good life' in relation to other people. Central to this ethic was friendship, inspired by Greek thought, and the caritas concept from the Judaeo-Christian tradition. But no early moral teaching discussed man's relation to the origin of foodstuffs and the system that produced them; doubtless the question was of little interest since the production path was so short.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402045530
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
03/14/2006
Series:
International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics Series, #7
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword ix

Preface xi

List of Tables and Figures xvii

About the Author xix

Part I Food and Ethics 1

Chapter 1 Eating, Society and Ethics 3

1 The Intimacy of Eating and Digestion 6

2 Eating in between Life and Death 11

3 The Social Meaning of the Meal 13

4 Food and Ethics in History 16

5 Food Ethics and the Production History 21

Part II The Intellectualization of Food 31

Chapter 2 Food to Science: On the Intellectualization of Food 33

1 The Hermeneutic Approach of Early Natural History 36

2 The Phenomenological Approach of Late Natural History 42

3 Biology and the Invisible Characteristics of Life 46

4 The End of Phenomenology in Biology 50

Chapter 3 The Storylessness of Food 61

1 The History of Industrialization of Agriculture 61

2 Food Science and Gastronomy 69

3 The Powerlessness of the Political Consumer 77

4 The Hidden Production History of Food 85

5 Do not Eat what You Have not Read 89

Part III Food Ethics and the Production History 93

Chapter 4 Tracing the Production History 95

1 Short-Range and Long-Range Ethics 96

2 Food as a Trace 101

3 The Judgement of Taste and Morality 107

4 The Trace as Presence and Lost Time 115

5 History of Effect 123

6 Production History and Mimesis 130

Chapter 5 Food Ethics as the Ethics of the Trace 139

1 The Reliability of the Production History 141

2 Food and Ethical Identity 148

3 Food as a Trace of Nature 153

4 Food Ethics of the Consumers 160

Chapter 6 Traceability and Food Ethics 167

1 Fragmentation and Traceability 168

2 Sociological Survey on Ethical Traceability 172

3 Consumer Autonomy: Remembering the Other and Informed Choice 181

4Recognizing Consumers Recognizing Producers 189

References 203

Index 209

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