Stichting voor Christelijke Filosofie

Colleges Jan van der Stoep – Wageningen Universiteit

Food ethics: habits, moral choices, worldviews

Keuzevak filosofie, Wageningen Universiteit

Docent en contact
Prof. dr. Jan van der Stoep (

Doelgroep en aanmelding
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Data en locatie
Maandagen 17:30 tot 19:00 uur van 31 augustus t/m 30 november 2020. De colleges zijn deels fysiek en digitaal te volgen. Zie het rooster voor meer informatie.

Eating is more than just the consumption of nutrients. It connects people with each other, and with the plants and animals in their surroundings. Food has to do with health, animal welfare, land use, biodiversity, class culture, geopolitical relations, local traditions and cooking habits. People think differently about food production. Some emphasize the importance of technology to achieve high yields in order to feed a growing world population. Others point to principles such as stewardship, or argue for circular agriculture or organic farming. The same variety of views is visible when it comes to the consumption of food: health diets, the slow food movement, vegetarianism or local food. Over the centuries various religious traditions have developed their own eating habits, informed by specific commandments and prohibitions. What can be learned from these traditions? Why is it that in a Western culture, influenced by Christianity, people pay so little attention to the meaning and value of food?

After following the course and passing the exam, students should have:

  • Knowledge about the main themes in food ethics, and about different approaches
  • Insight into how worldviews influence the production and consumption of food
  • An elaborate and critical view on the Christian idea of stewardship
  • An articulated and substantiated opinion on a specific issue concerning food

Wordt beschikbaar gemaakt op Blackboard.

Overige informatie
Vakcode: CPT-57003.
Link naar Studiegids.