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"An Alternative Ontology of Food: Beyond Meataphysics" Lisa Heldke, Gustavus Adolphus

Date: 11/04/2011

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: 1-132 CSOM

Cost: Free


 "An Alternative Ontology of Food: Beyond Meataphysics", Lisa Heldke, Gustavus Adolphus, A philosopher in American Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Food, and Race Theory.

Lisa Heldke, Gustavus Adolphus, will be giving a talk.



This essay explores some well-traveled territory-the area in which eating and suffering come together.  I undertake two projects.  First, I scrutinize some food that are often portrayed as unambiguosly either good (homegrown organic vegetables) or bad (foie gras), in an effort to complicate the stores we tell about them.  What violence has been heretofore invisible in them?  What compassion has been occluded?  This project informs a second:  an answer to the question, "how should we eat?"  My answer takes up Kelly Oliver's call for an ethics of "sustaining relationships."  I ground it in an alternative ontology of food, one that views foods not as substances, but as loci of relations.


  • Name: Judy Grandbois
  • E-mail: grand006@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-625-6563
  • Sponsored by: Philosophy

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