Pullen and Dewey on Philosophy and Food


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Pullen and Dewey on Philosophy and Food
Michael Pollan in his book, In Defense of Food: An Easter’s Manifesto, states, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” While this short statement sounds simple, in reality it is a lot more difficult because different nutritionists believe they have the knowledge about the right food substances to eat. A comparison of John Dewey in “Philosophy and Democracy” and Pollen’s book will show that people continue to search for the answers about philosophy and nutrition, but it is not as simple as it sounds. Beginning with the history of food about nutrition and continuing to the primary comparison of Pollen and Dewey will show that it is difficult to know the truth.
Before discussing nutrition or philosophy...
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.....Pollen argue that knowing the truth is difficult. This lack of knowledge about the truth in philosophies can be seen in the different types of philosophies, yet often these philosophies are what guide people in creating their values and characteristics. The truth about food can be seen in the struggle that people have concerning their health. While one nutritionist might argue for a specific diet, another nutritionist will show how this diet is not effective. Truth is difficult to discern whether it is philosophy or nutrition.
Works Cited
Pollen, Michael. In Defense of Food – An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press, 2008.
Hollinger, David and Charles Copper. The American Intellectual Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.