A-4 Day International Conference on Philosophy of Food


Department of Philosophy
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
A-4 Day International Conference on
Philosophy of Food
1. Conference Theme

Food is normally considered as something natural though it contributes to building that part of our human identity that has to do with culture and tradition and with social standing. The famous sayings; we are what we eat, we eat to live and we live to eat shows that our relationship with food can be healthy, but it can also take on the form of a disease. Philosophers have a long but scattered history of analyzing food. The use of animals to create human food has been a controversial issue since classical times. In ancient Greece, the followers of Pythagoras (born about 580 B.C.), saw strong bonds of kinship between humans and animals, and on this basis they rejected the then-common practice of killing animals for food or religious sacrifice. Plato famously details an appropriate diet in Book II of the Republic. The Roman Stoics, Epicurus and Seneca, as well as Enlightenment philosophers such as Locke, Rousseau, Voltaire, Marx, and Nietzsche, all discuss various aspects of food production and consumption. In the twentieth century, philosophers considered such issues as vegetarianism, agricultural ethics, food rights, biotechnology, and gustatory aesthetics. In the twenty-first century, philosophers continue to address these issues and new ones concerning the globalization of food, the role of technology, and the rights and responsibilities of consumers and producers. There are good reasons to consider it also as belonging to the realm of artifacts and sometimes even as rising to the level of works of art. In this conference, philosophers, Agriculturalists and representatives of disciplines such as psychology, Law, economics, sociology, medicine and medical sciences will attempt to investigate the role and value of food in our lives. What kind of thing is food? How are we to classify it in our ontology? What are its functions in our lives?
The Sub-themes include but are not limited to the following topics;
Category A- Nature, Politics, the Philosophy of Food and the Philosophy of Agriculture
• Scope of Philosophy of Agriculture
• The Connections between Philosophy and food, food rights, food production, and Agricultural Practices.
• What is Philosophy of Food? • Food Metaphysics •Food Ethics •Food Ontology
• Food Epistemology •Food history • Food aesthetics
• African Philosophy of Food
• Food and Human Existences
Category B- Food Laws, Policies, Ontological Functions and Economics,
• Food activism: urban agriculture
• Politics of food & Food Justice
• Food and culture, Food and Social meaning
• Human welfare overview: health, hunger, and exploitation
• Nutritionism and Functional Foods
• Food and free trade
• The Aesthetics of Food

Category C- Food Production, Preservation and Marketing
• Food Crisis & Genetically Modified food (GM’s)
• Ethnic specialties
• Cultural and traditional influences on Food production
• Ethnicity, identity and food production
• Gender and food production
• Animal Ethics and Food Production in the Twenty-first Century
• Agricultural Activities versus Environmental Ethics
• Ethics of food production
• Studies in food production and manufacturing
• Food Technology, labelling and marketing

Category D – Health Challenges, Issues and Problems from Food
• Food access and food wastage
• Contesting Standard Nigerian Diet (SND)
• Diet and obesity
• Vegetarianism
• The Ethics of Food Safety in the Twenty-First Century: Who Keeps the Public Good?
• What are the Moral Issues with Food Consumption
• Scenarios for Food Security (Food and Security).
• Identifying food safety as a public good also means that governments have ethical obligations to their citizens to protect: NAFDAC and SON
Venue: 30CQ, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko-Ondo State Nigeria.
Host: Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, O ndo State, Nigeria
Convener: Dr. Ucheoma Osuji
Important dates
Deadline abstract submission: 22 January, 2018
Acceptance of abstracts notification 27th of January 2018.
Deadline for Paper submission February 17, 2018
Conference date: Wednesday March 7th -Saturday March 10th, 2018
E-mail: Philosophyfoodproject@aaua.edu.ng akungbaschoolofPhilosophy@gmail.com
BLOG: #Philosophy Food project AAUA
Registration Fee: Fifteen Thousand Naira (#15,000) Foreign Participants $75
WEB SITE: www.aaua.edu.ng/b/philosophyfoodconference2018