Whiskey and Philosophy: A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas

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Fritz Allhoff, Marcus P. Adams
John Wiley & Sons, Nov 24, 2009 - Philosophy - 384 pages
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Thoughtful essays on the history, significance, and pleasures of whiskey

Everyone becomes a philosopher with a drink in hand, but Whiskey & Philosophy takes this natural pairing to a new level. It explores a range of philosophical topics related to whiskey through engaging reflections written by philosophers, whiskey writers, and others.

You will learn things that are both practical (how do tasting notes vary across guides and whiskey brands?) and thought provoking (why is there the popular conception that drinking whiskey makes people mean, and is it true?). Whether your interest lies in the drink itself or in the philosophical issues surrounding it, you'll find something to interest you in this unusual book.

  • Covers subjects ranging from geographical origin to stylistic differences between whiskey and Scotch
  • Explores philosophical ideas such as the aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of whiskey and whiskey drinking
  • Includes contributions from academics, journalists, and whiskey specialists, all written in an engaging and accessible style

Whether you prefer your whiskey neat or in a Manhattan, from the United States, Scotland, or elsewhere, Whiskey & Philosophy is your perfect drinking companion.


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I liked this better than the others in the series. This despite (because?) me not drinking whiskey/whisky (and not going to either) The 1st 100 pages are interesting for everybody who's into whisky.The rest is for the more philosophically inclined. Read full review


A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Introduction Start Up the Still
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Unit I The History and Culture of Whiskey
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Unit II The Beauty and Experience of Whiskey
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Unit III The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Whiskey
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Unit IV Ethics and Whiskey
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Unit V Whisky A Sense of Place
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Appendix A Whiskey Tasting Notes
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Appendix B Our Favorite Whiskey Cocktails
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Contributor Biographies
A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas Index

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About the author (2009)

Fritz Allhoff, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. His research areas are in ethical theory, applied ethics, and the philosophy of biology/science. He is the editor of Wine & Philosophy and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe).

Marcus P. Adams, M.A., is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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