This website contains the reading material for CCHU9005 Food and Values, a common core course at the University of Hong Kong.
Course outline and powerpoint files
Each topic page includes a list of required readings and other related learning resources. Please check the course outline for the schedule of lectures.
- Philosophy – What is the philosophy of food?
- Values – Three different types of values
- Meat – Is it wrong to eat animals?
- Hunger – Do we have a duty to help starving people?
- Drugs – Why is it wrong to take drugs?
- GM food – How should food technology be regulated?
- Capitalism – Food, globalization, and equality
- Art – Can food be art? What is art?
- Taste – Is taste entirely subjective?
- Science – Can science explain conscious taste experiences?
- Eating – Eat to live, or live to eat?
Here are some other resources relevant to the course.
- The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a good place to start if there are concepts in philosophy that you do not understand and you want a more detailed explanation.
- David M. Kaplan (ed.) The philosophy of food. Berkeley : University of California Press. HKU Library ebook: http://library.hku.hk/record=b4791722
- Telfer, E. (1996). Food for thought: Philosophy and food. London: Routledge. HKU library ebook address: http://library.hku.hk/record=b2588923
- An MIT course on the ethics and politics of food. Very relevant: http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/24/fa12/24.03/materials.html
- To learn more about critical thinking: Joe Lau (2011) An Introduction to Critical Thinking and Creativity. Wiley.
Questions and comments?
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