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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 forThought

Lecture #1

Joe Lau


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What you need to know …

  • Get all lecture notes, files, etc fromhttp://philosophy.hku.hk/courses/food

  • Including this powerpoint


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This course

  • Does not provide free food.

  • Does not teach you how to cook.

  • Is not a restaurant guide.


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Philosophy of food

  • Philosophy of X = Critical discussion about X that mainly involve values, conceptual analysis, and logic.

    • Not history

    • Not science

    • Not literature


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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.


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Socrates (469-399 BC)

The unexamined life

is not worth living


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3 dimensions of issues

Subjectivity

Food

Morality

Sociology & culture


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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


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Subjectivity of experience

  • Metaphysics – Is the experience of food beyond the scope of science?

  • Value – Does “good taste” and “bad taste” really make sense?


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Sociology & culture

  • Is cooking an art? What is art?

  • Globalization – food as an instrument of exploitation

  • Food in popular culture


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Assessment

  • Problem sets (20%)

  • Portfolio (40%)

  • In-class test(4th May) (40%)

  • See web site


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Mobile phone policy

  • $10 fine when your phone / pager rings.


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Special activities

  • Guest lectures

  • Movies

  • Presentations

  • Fieldtrips


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Now

  • Next week: animal rights

  • A short video from PETA (visit http://www.petatv.com/)

  • See course web site


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