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Food Philosophy


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Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Philosophy of Food?
1. Food Metaphysics
2. Food Epistemology
3. Food Aesthetics
4. Food Ethics
5. Food Political Philosophy
6. Food Existentialism

About the Author

David M. Kaplan is associate professor of philosophy at the University of North Texas, where he also directs the Philosophy of Food Project. He is editor of The Philosophy of Food (2012) and the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd ed. (2019), among other works.


Philosophy can seem impenetrable and confusing. What I so much like about this book is its crystal clarity. . . Food metaphysics? Food epistemology? Food ethics? How terrific to have a book like this to explain how these terms play out in real life. -- Marion Nestle * Food Politics *
Kaplan's excellent book integrates issues of food and eating with philosophy, enlivening the field and deepening the ways we should think and theorize about food. He blends insightful analysis with empirical studies, bringing together much of the literature on food into a seamless study that is original, thought-provoking, and readable. -- Carolyn Korsmeyer, author of Things: In Touch with the Past
David M. Kaplan has thought deeply about food, and Food Philosophy has countless interesting and instructive observations, theories, and insights about food and eating. It is full of gems that I want to draw on in my own work. -- Anne Barnhill, coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics
This is exactly the book I have been waiting for as a sociologist interested in philosophical questions opened up by food in our times. It is an inviting introduction to central questions of ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and epistemology for philosophers, social scientists, and humanists. -- Krishnendu Ray, author of The Ethnic Restaurateur
A great resource for learning how many ways there are to engage with the concept of food within the discipline of philosophy. * Environmental Values *

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