The Emergence of Food Ethics

Food Ethics 1 (1):61-74 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Philosophical food ethics or deliberative inquiry into the moral norms for production, distribution and consumption of food is contrasted with food ethics as an international social movement aimed at reforming the global food system. The latter yields an activist orientation that can become embroiled in self-defeating impotency when the complexity and internal contradictions of the food system are more fully appreciated. However, recent work in intersectionality offers resources that are useful to both philosophical and activist food ethics. For activists, intersectionality provides a way to preserve and strengthen the meaningfulness of protest and resistance, even in the face of complexity and uncertain outcomes. For philosophers, intersectionality chastens the tendency to regard moral problems as inherently solvable, and provides a way use tensions inherent in food system reform as a source of ethical insight.

Similar books and articles

From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone.Paul B. Thompson - 2015 - New York: Oxford University Press USA.
Thinking Through Food: A Philosophical Introduction.Alexandra Plakias - 2018 - Peterborough, Ontario, Canada: Broadview Press.
Food Ethics II: Consumption and obesity.Anne Barnhill & Tyler Doggett - 2018 - Philosophy Compass 13 (3):e12479.
Gender Norms and Food Behaviors.Alison Reiheld - 2012 - In Paul B. Thompson & David M. Kaplan (eds.), Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. New York: Springer Verlag.
Paternalism, Health and Dietary Choices.Jeffrey M. Brown - 2017 - Social Philosophy Today 33:217-224.
The Clean Plate Club? Food Waste and Individual Responsibility.Erich Hatala Matthes & Jaclyn Hatala Matthes - 2017 - In Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson & Tyler Doggett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics. Oxford University Press. pp. 313-330.


Added to PP

293 (#72,153)

6 months
98 (#50,170)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Paul B. Thompson
Michigan State University