2017 Philosophy of Food Final Essay Assignment

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Final Essays

Topic Assignment

  • For each of your two final essays, please write a two page typed, double spaced, 12 font answer. Your answer should demonstrate excellence in writing, use of content, logic, and insight. The first essay topic is stipulated, but you may choose from a list of three topics for the second one.
  • 1st topic: Give a basic general account of values that should govern our use of animals and plants as food. Then show how these values affect sourcing considerations for at least one type of animal food.
  • 2nd topic: Choose one of the following:
  • A. Select four distinct sources or ideas from the course that you could use to make the case that food culture is a central part of human culture.
  • B. Why did nutrition science take so long to develop and why it is so difficult to reduce a nutritious diet to a list of key macro and micro-nutrients?
  • C. How does the critique of food culture from the Slow Food movement intersect with other critiques of the food industry made in this course?

Assignment Instructions

  • Prepare your essays in a single .docx file or .pdf. Find your animal name for this assignment (see below) and put your animal name in the file. Please identify the essay topic at the start of your answer. The two essays together should not exceed four pages. Upload the file to the "Final Essays" dropbox by midnight, May 9th.

St. Agatha yak

St. Amand reindeer

St. Ansgar falcon

St. Anthony Claret badger

St. Augustine of Canterbury jellyfish

St. Augustine of Hippo dolphin

St. Bede the Venerable hummingbird

St. Benedict scorpion

St. Bernardine of Siena bear

St. Bridget hare

St. Bridget bluejay (St. Bridgets! Sorry about this. The dropbox will sort it out.)

St. Canute ocelot

St. Casimir turtle

St. Catherine of Alexandria bison

St. Catherine of Siena raven

St. Clare of Assisi giraffe

St. Columba ferret

St. David of Wales seahorse

St. Dismas mantis

St. Dominic Savio butterfly

St. Dorothy nightingale

St. Dunstan kangaroo

St. Francis Borgia walrus

St. Francis Xavier albatross

St. Gertrude the Great anaconda

St. Gregory the Great otter

St. Hugh of Lincoln ibis

St. Isidore of Seville porpoise

St. Jerome rattlesnake

St. John Baptist de la Salle manatee

St. John Bosco swan

St. John of Capistrano viper

St. John the Apostle penguin

St. John the Baptist whale

St. Joseph Cafasso jaguar

St. Joseph of Cupertino koala

St. Lucy lark

St. Luke gull

St. Mark of Ephesus pelican

St. Martha dragonfly

St. Mary of the Gael ostrichowl

St. Nicholas von Flue coyote

St. Norbert of Xanten starling

St. Patrick tarsier

St. Peregrine Laziosi (5) hound

St. Peregrine Laziosi (4) finch

St. Polycarp seal

St. Raymond Nonnatus wolverine

St. Raymond of Penafort kiwi

St. Stephen octopus

St. Thomas Aquinas elk

St. Thomas the Apostle iguana

St. Ursula chipmunk

St. Vincent Ferrer caterpillar

St. Vitus dove

St. Wenceslaus rhinoceros

St. Zita of Lucca antelope