Food & philosophy: eat, drink, and be merry by Fritz Allhoff

By Fritz Allhoff

Food & Philosophy deals a suite of essays which discover quite a number philosophical themes concerning meals; it joins Wine & Philosophy and Beer & Philosophy in within the "Epicurean Trilogy." Essays are geared up thematically and written by way of philosophers, foodstuff writers, chefs.

  • Provides a serious mirrored image on what and the way we devour can give a contribution to a strong delight in gastronomic pleasures
  • A considerate, but playful assortment which emphasizes the significance of nutrition as a formal item of philosophical mirrored image in its personal right

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Qxd 8/3/07 11:23 AM Page 23 Epicurus, the Foodies’ Philosopher nor the satisfaction of lusts, nor the enjoyment of . . 13 E/epicureans have long had to confront a deep-seated antagonism within high Western culture. This is what I sought to understand in my PhD research, helped by my discovery of Epicurus and his gastronomic hedonism, and further investigations of the entrenched philosophical antipathy from idealists. ”14 Likewise, the foodies’ preoccupation with physical reality makes it hard for them to escape the charge.

69 (Seneca Ep Morales XIX, 10). Such sentiments are often repeated, and examples appear in Bailey, Extant Remains, pp. 99, 115, and 139 (PD VII, PD XIV, Vatican LVIII, Plutarch Adv Col 1125D, Vatican LII). Bailey, Extant Remains, p. 131 (Diog. Laert. X, 11). Bailey, Extant Remains, p. 89 (Menoeceus 131–2). Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste. Trans. M. F. K. Fisher. New York: Counterpoint, 1949: 363–4. Bailey, Extant Remains, p. 109 (Vatican XXI). Plato, Gorgias 462–3; Timaeus 90A.

Some blame personal responsibility for the obesity crisis. Others see those affected as victims. This essay argues that rather than one or the other, personal choice is influenced by the context that we as a society have created. The solutions therefore must extend beyond personal choice by recognizing that we need to change the context in which our choices are made for our behavior to change. At the extreme, food-related illnesses could be viewed as the inevitable culmination of 10,000 years of civilization or perhaps as a self-correcting means of natural selection.

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