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The Ethics of Eating

Classified as: PHIL346 - Ethics and Food
Course Description:

We all face difficult moral decisions on occasion.  This course introduces students to the idea that we face such a decision several times a day in deciding what to eat.  How should facts about animal life and death inform this decision?  Is the suffering involved in meat, egg, and dairy production really bad enough to make the practices immoral?  How do our dietary choices affect local and non-local economies, the environment, and other people generally?  Finally, given the deep connections between eating practices and various ethnic, religious and class identities, how can we implement a reasonable food policy for an expanding world population while also respecting these important difference?   The goal of this course is not to teach some preferred set of answers to these questions.  The goal is rather to give participants the basic tools required to reflect clearly and effectively on the questions themselves.  These tools include a working knowledge of the major moral theories developed by philosophers, and an understanding of basic empirical issues related to food production, distribution, and consumption.  The course will be supplemented with interviews with leading food and animal scientists, philosophers, and farmers.

  • Instructor(s) ​Andrew Chignell, William Starr and others
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  • Start Date 15/Apr/2015
  • Duration Always Available
  • Main Language English
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