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Popular Culture and Philosophy #14: The Atkins Diet and Philosophy: Chewing the Fat with Kant and Nietzscheby Lisa Heldke
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These essays tackle the weighty subject of the Atkins Diet through several philosophical angles and some personal perspectives. The contributors approach their subjects light-heartedly but serve up some intriguing ideas in essays addressing such topics as Kantian reflections on dieting; low-carbohydrate diets and primitivist philosophy; the social contract and the fat liberation movement; and the Atkins Diet's ecological side effects. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Atkins diet has transformed the lives of millions of people, revolutionizing grocery store shelves, restaurant menus, and dinner-table conversations. But there are questions beyond its efficacy and longevity. Is the Atkins diet a new wrinkle in capitalist exploitation or a twisted expression of negative body images? Is it a symbol of super-masculinity? Has the Atkins diet really been around for centuries under other names? Can it increase intelligence, or cause global warming and melt the polar ice caps? How does Atkins fit into Kants conception of the moral life, or Rousseaus vision of a kinder, gentler human society? The Atkins Diet and Philosophy wittily explores these and other pressing questions in sixteen entertaining essays. Following the same fun, readable approach as earlier volumes in this series, this book uses philosophy to put the Atkins diet under the microscope, and uses the Atkins diet to teach vital philosophical lessons for life.
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