The Virtues of the Table

  • by Julian Baggini
  • Narrated by Barnaby Edwards
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How we eat, farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste. Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature: the animal, the sensuous, the social, the cultural, the creative, the emotional and the intellectual.
Thinking seriously about food requires us to consider our relationship to nature, to our fellow animals, to each other and to ourselves. So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous, and can what we eat help us to decide how to live?
From the author of The Ego Trick and The Pig That Wants to be Eaten comes a thought provoking exploration of our values and vices.
What can fasting teach us about autonomy? Should we, like Kant, 'dare to know' cheese? Should we take media advice on salt with a pinch of salt? And can food be more virtuous, more inherently good, than art?

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What the Critics Say

"Eating and thinking, both vital. If one goes down, the other will restore. A wonderful book." (Fergus Henderson, author of The Complete Nose to Tail)
"A virtuoso feast for the mind and soul, sure to satisfy the philosopher and foodie in us all." (Francine Segan, author of The Philosopher's Kitchen)
"Baggini expertly dismantles self-congratulatory assumptions about the evils of large industry and chain restaurants or the superiority of organic food and local eating"(Guardian)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios