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The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and Think by Julian Baggini
  

The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and Think

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With so much muddled thinking around food there is much to be learned – and enjoyed from The Virtues of the Table which covers many of the current concerns – local and sustainable eating, GM crops even the use of gadgetry over traditional cooking methods. I found it clarified my thinking and articulated arguments, not just giving the rights and wrongs of an issue but a deeper questioning, taking us into the fields of philosophy and mindfulness, using food to question the human condition.

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The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and Think by Julian Baggini

How we eat, farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste. Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature: the animal, the sensuous, the social, the cultural, the creative, the emotional and the intellectual. Thinking seriously about food requires us to consider our relationship to nature, to our fellow animals, to each other and to ourselves. So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous, and can what we eat help us to decide how to live? From the author of The Ego Trick and The Pig that Wants to be Eaten comes a thought provoking exploration of our values and vices. What can fasting teach us about autonomy? Should we, like Kant, 'dare to know' cheese? Should we take media advice on salt with a pinch of salt? And can food be more virtuous, more inherently good, than art?

About the Author

JULIAN BAGGINI is Founding Editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. His books include Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, the bestselling The Pig that Wants to be Eaten, Do They Think You're Stupid? and The Ego Trick, all published by Granta Books.

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30th November 1999

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Julian Baggini

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9781847087140

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