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Food for Thought. Lecture #1 Joe Lau. What you need to know …. Get all lecture notes, files, etc from http://philosophy.hku.hk/courses/food Including this powerpoint. This course. Does not provide free food. Does not teach you how to cook. Is not a restaurant guide. Philosophy of food.

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food for thought

Food forThought

Lecture #1

Joe Lau

what you need to know
What you need to know …
  • Get all lecture notes, files, etc fromhttp://philosophy.hku.hk/courses/food
  • Including this powerpoint
this course
This course
  • Does not provide free food.
  • Does not teach you how to cook.
  • Is not a restaurant guide.
philosophy of food
Philosophy of food
  • Philosophy of X = Critical discussion about X that mainly involve values, conceptual analysis, and logic.
    • Not history
    • Not science
    • Not literature
we want to show you that
We want to show you that …
  • Philosophy is practical
    • It can relate to everyday life.
  • Philosophy is critical reflection
    • Revealing complexity behind the mundane.
    • See things in new ways.
socrates 469 399 bc
Socrates (469-399 BC)

The unexamined life

is not worth living

3 dimensions of issues
3 dimensions of issues

Subjectivity

Food

Morality

Sociology & culture

morality
Morality
  • What are the moral constraints on eating?
  • How do we justify these constraints?
  • Some examples
    • Rights of animals
    • Duty to help others in need
    • Drugs, alcohol & lifestyle choices
subjectivity of experience
Subjectivity of experience
  • Metaphysics – Is the experience of food beyond the scope of science?
  • Value – Does “good taste” and “bad taste” really make sense?
sociology culture
Sociology & culture
  • Is cooking an art? What is art?
  • Globalization – food as an instrument of exploitation
  • Food in popular culture
assessment
Assessment
  • Problem sets (20%)
  • Portfolio (40%)
  • In-class test(4th May) (40%)
  • See web site
mobile phone policy
Mobile phone policy
  • $10 fine when your phone / pager rings.
special activities
Special activities
  • Guest lectures
  • Movies
  • Presentations
  • Fieldtrips
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  • Next week: animal rights
  • A short video from PETA (visit http://www.petatv.com/)
  • See course web site
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