Everyone is talking about food. Chefs are celebrities. "Locavore" and "freegan" have earned spots in the dictionary. Popular books and films about food production and consumption are exposing the unintended consequences of the standard American diet. Questions about the principles and values that ought to guide decisions about dinner have become urgent for moral, ecological, and health-related reasons. In Philosophy Comes to Dinner, twelve philosophers—some leading voices, some inspiring new ones—join the conversation, and consider issues ranging from the sustainability of modern agriculture, to consumer complicity in animal exploitation, to the pros and cons of alternative diets.

chapter |17 pages


ByMatthew C. Halteman, Terence Cuneo, Andrew Chignell

part |130 pages

Dietary Ideals

chapter |18 pages

Conscientious Omnivorism

ByTerence Cuneo

chapter |17 pages

Manly Meat and Gendered Eating

Correcting Imbalance and Seeking Virtue
ByChristina Van Dyke

chapter |17 pages

“Eat Responsibly”

Agrarianism and Meat
ByBenjamin J. Bruxvoort Lipscomb

chapter |19 pages

Why I Am a Vegan (and You Should Be One Too)

ByTristram McPherson

chapter |17 pages

A Moral Argument for Veganism

ByDan Hooley, Nathan Nobis

chapter |20 pages

Non-Ideal Food Choices

ByTyler Doggett, Andy Egan

chapter |20 pages

Philosophy as Therapy for Recovering (Unrestrained) Omnivores

ByMatthew C. Halteman, Megan Halteman Zwart

part |145 pages

Puzzling Questions

chapter |12 pages

Eating Dead Animals

Meat Eating, Meat Purchasing, and Proving Too Much
ByTed A. Warfield

chapter |21 pages

Can We Really Vote with Our Forks?

Opportunism and the Threshold Chicken
ByAndrew Chignell

chapter |12 pages

Factory Farming and Consumer Complicity

ByAdrienne M. Martin

chapter |17 pages

Eating Meat as a Morally Permissible Moral Mistake

ByElizabeth Harman

chapter |22 pages

Does Locavorism Keep it Too Simple?

ByAnne Barnhill

chapter |14 pages

What'S Wrong with Artificial Ingredients?

ByDavid M. Kaplan

chapter |26 pages

The Moral Problem of Predation

ByJeff McMahan