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.

part |130 pages

Dietary Ideals

chapter |18 pages

Conscientious Omnivorism

chapter |17 pages

Manly Meat and Gendered Eating

Correcting Imbalance and Seeking Virtue

chapter |17 pages

“Eat Responsibly”

Agrarianism and Meat

chapter |20 pages

Non-Ideal Food Choices

part |145 pages

Puzzling Questions

chapter |12 pages

Eating Dead Animals

Meat Eating, Meat Purchasing, and Proving Too Much

chapter |21 pages

Can We Really Vote with Our Forks?

Opportunism and the Threshold Chicken

chapter |26 pages

The Moral Problem of Predation