New Philosophy Course: The Philosophy of Food

Posted on 4/3/2013 9:32:30 AM

The Philosophy Department is offering a new course for Fall 2013: The Philosophy of Food (PHIL 281).

Eating is one of our most basic human behaviors. But, aside from occasional questions about health, we typically do not wonder about the moral, political, and aesthetic dimensions of food. This multi-disciplinary course will seek a greater understanding of the role food and eating plays in our lives by exploring such questions as:

  • Is it good that we have so much cheap food available to us and so many choices?
  • How did we come to have both widespread obesity and hunger?
  • Is eating well only a matter of health, or is it part of living a full life?
  • Why are certain things deemed inedible—such as human flesh?
  • How should we think about big agricultural business?
  • Are genetically-modified foods a bad thing?
  • Does it matter how we treat animals in our pursuit of the perfect meal?

The course will be taaught by Professor Eric Rubenstein on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00–3:15 p.m.

No prior Philosophy courses are required.