Philosophy and food

Authored by: Lisa Heldke

Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782647
eBook ISBN: 9780203819227
Adobe ISBN: 9781136741661


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Philosophy has only recently begun the formal study of food, although philosophers have been discussing food since Plato. The philosophical study of food can be understood to take up four separate but related tasks ranging from least to most transformative. They are: (1) applying received philosophical categories to new or uncustomary topics in food; (2) reconceptualizing an existing philosophical discussion as a discussion in the philosophy of food; (3) reclaiming or recovering previous philosophical work relevant to the study of food; and (4) recasting familiar philosophical problems by way of analyses of food, thereby revealing new categories of philosophical understanding.

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