The Atkins Diet and Philosophy: Chewing the Fat with Kant and Nietzsche

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Lisa Maree Heldke, Kerri Mommer, Cynthia Pineo
Open Court, Jan 1, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 258 pages
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 Kant’s conception of the moral life, or Rousseau’s 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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Lisa Heldke is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also teaches in the Women's Studies Program. She is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge 2003) and co-editor of Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food (Indiana University Press, 1992). Lisa Heldke and Peg O'Connor are co-editors of Philosophers on Holiday, a quarterly 'zine in the philosophical travel/leisure genre.

Mommer holds a doctorate in linguistics from Northwestern University.

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