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Food FightsHow History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates$
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Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652894

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.001.0001

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Is Thinking Critically about Food Essential to a Good Life?

Is Thinking Critically about Food Essential to a Good Life?

(p.231) 11 Is Thinking Critically about Food Essential to a Good Life?
Food Fights

Robert T. Valgenti

University of North Carolina Press

Should we eat to live or live to eat? Philosophers in the Western traditions have generally argued for the former, dismissing gustatory taste, thus the pleasures of the table, as a second-tier sensation. This idea stems from both the Classical and Christian belief in the superiority of the mind over the body. Robert Valgenti argues that it was not until relatively recently that philosophers began to take food seriously, and that having a philosophy of food is indeed integral to living good life.

Keywords:   Philosophy, Philosophers, Good life, Taste, Rationality, Universality, Purity, Nietzsche, Food, Mind over the body

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