PHIL 1913: Food Ethics

3 CreditsFreshman SeminarCivic Life and Ethics

Food is a political and cultural phenomena. We all eat. But does what we eat matter, ethically? Are there some things that it is wrong to eat? Vegetarians and vegans avoid meat and animal products, but is this just a preference? Are animals treated ethically in the global food system? Is there such a thing as ethical meat? Are cultures and workers exploited in these systems? These are some of the questions that we will address using philosophical methods and analysis. Ethical dilemmas and philosophical puzzles are part of our everyday lives, if we stop to consider it. Is it wrong to eat endangered tuna? What if it is likely to go extinct whether you eat it or not? This is a puzzling question to try to answer. We will use conceptual analysis and ethical reasoning to understand the ethical challenges facing us as consumers and as citizens.

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