Food and Drugs
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Assumptions regarding the relationship between the ontological categories of “food” and “drug” undergird a substantial amount of academic discourse and also function as key components in worldviews beyond the academy. Despite the prevalence of these ontological assumptions, little work has been done in foregrounding them to allow for critique and consideration of alternative perspectives. This entry provides an overview of this emerging discussion within food ontology, as well as various perspectives on the food-drug relationship and ethical implications of these views. The term “drug” is employed to refer to a broader category of substances which encompasses “medicine” while also including substances used for recreational, religious, and other nonmedical purposes (e.g., drugs in the detrimental/addictive sense).
Food and Drug Ontology in the Philosophy of Food
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