The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics

The Taste for Ethics

An Ethic of Food Consumption

Authors: Coff, Christian

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This book marks a new departure in ethics. In our culture ethics has first and foremost been a question of ‘the good life’ in relation to other people. Central to this ethic was friendship, inspired by Greek thought, and the caritas concept from the Judaeo-Christian tradition. But no early moral teaching discussed man’s relation to the origin of foodstuffs and the system that produced them; doubtless the question was of little interest since the production path was so short.

Before industrialisation the production of food was easy to follow. As a rule that is no longer the case. The field of ethics must therefore be extended to cover responsibility for the production and choice of foodstuffs, and it is this food ethic that Christian Coff sets out to trace. In doing so he shows how the focus of ethics can be expanded from its concern for the good life with and for others to cover the good life in fair food production practices, and how not least through using our integrity or life coherence we can reflect ethically, or caringly, about living organisms, ecological systems and our human identity.

From the foreword by Dr. Peter Kemp, Professor of Philosophy at the Danish University of Education

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From the reviews:

“This book makes the case for an ethical understanding of food consumption. Christian Coff notes that a growing number of consumers are making ethics a central part of their food consumption choices. … Coff’s arguments and analyses are very intriguing and convincing. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in understanding the difficult and complex nature of creating an ethical and values-based food system.” (Michael A. Long, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Vol. 22, 2009)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Eating, Society and Ethics

    Pages 3-30

  • Food to Science: On the Intellectualization of Food

    Pages 33-60

  • The Storylessness of Food

    Pages 61-92

  • Tracing the Production History

    Pages 95-137

  • Food Ethics as the Ethics of the Trace

    Pages 139-165

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Taste for Ethics
Book Subtitle
An Ethic of Food Consumption
Authors
Series Title
The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4554-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4554-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4553-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7147-7
Series ISSN
1570-3010
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 212
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