Good Food: The Ethics and Politics of Food Choices

A man rummaging through a dumpster.

Dumpster diving, the practice of sifting through commercial or residential waste to find items discarded by their owners, has been an alternate source of food for many who can't afford high market prices. (This image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


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Fall 2012



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Course Description

This course explores the values (aesthetic, moral, cultural, religious, prudential, political) expressed in the choices of food people eat. It analyzes the decisions individuals make about what to eat, how society should manage food production and consumption collectively, and how reflection on food choices might help resolve conflicts between different values.

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Sally Haslanger. 24.03 Good Food: The Ethics and Politics of Food Choices, Fall 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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