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Philosophy Colloquium – Megan Dean

Date:
Thursday, November 21st
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
Free

Event Description

TITLE:  Food Ethics and Eating as a Self-Shaping Activity

ABSTRACT:  Prominent debates in food ethics often imply disagreements about what is ethically important about eating. In this paper, I argue that an important and often overlooked aspect of eating’s ethical importance is its role as a self-shaping activity. I contend that the ways we practice and understand eating can cultivate, reinforce, or undermine aspects of the self, including affects, capacities, and agency. The ways we eat, and are encouraged, discouraged, or prevented from eating by food policies or interventions, can have ethically significant effects on the self. After making this case through discussion of weight-loss dieting, I argue that debates over “healthist” eating policies ignore the self-shaping role of eating, limiting and distorting these conversations. To fully understand the ethical implications of these policies or any way of eating, we must include the effects of eating on selves alongside more traditional concerns about health, autonomy, and the value of eating experiences.

WHEN:  Thursday, November 21, 2019

WHERE:  Stevenson Hall – 132

TIME:  5 p.m.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.

Organizer

Department of Philosophy
Phone:
(309) 438-7665
Email:
cjschei@ilstu.edu
Website:
http://philosophy.illinoisstate.edu/

Venue

Stevenson Hall
300 S. School Street
Normal, IL
Room:
132