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Dorota CHABRAJSKA, To Eat, or Not to Eat? A Question for Our Times

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The essay focuses on the issue of the evolution and transformation of philosophical questions in the Western tradition. Whereas they originally asked about being, cognition, and the moral good, and, as such, for centuries inspired various areas of culture, the situation changed in the mid-twentieth century. The postmodernist rejection of methodological rigor in reasoning triggered a transformation in the approach to philosophical issues, a process which ultimately resulted in the obliteration of the difference between knowledge and opinion in the sense Plato conceived of them. Simultaneously, philosophy embraced themes and problems which, methodologically, are research fields of various applied sciences. Among such problems are those addressed by food studies, which combine issues related to nutrition, climatology, ecology, and protection of animals. While most of these issues escape purely philosophical analysis, the one of the morally right attitude of humans towards other sentient beings calls for scrutiny from philosophical anthropology and ethics. A helpful tool for such an analysis might be provided by the category of participation, as elaborated by Karol Wojtyła.

Keywords: philosophical questions, truth value of cognition, food studies, food ethics, protection of animals, category of participation

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. e-ISSN 2720-5355
  3. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 100.00
  4. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  5. DOI Prefix 10.12887