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October 12 and November 16, 2018: Understanding Hunger. Two Philosophical Workshops

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Understanding Hunger. Two Philosophical Workshops

October 12 and November 16, 2018


Hunger, understood in a broad sense, is a primary mode of being. We are born hungry. We have been hungry well longer than we can remember being alive and well before gaining self-consciousness of our own pleasures. Each human, qua human, is endowed with an array of physiological and psychological states correlated with the act of eating; the satisfaction of hunger is one of the most complex and important ecological relationships in which we partake. Despite its centrality to the human condition, the philosophical investigation of hunger is scarce, marginal, and fragmented. A study of hunger contributes to at least three major themes of philosophical relevance. (1) Hunger is arguably the most important concept in the study of malnutrition, undernutrition, and famine. A study of hunger is hence a crucial step towards framing philosophical questions pertaining to the ethics and politics of food access and dieting. (2) Hunger can also be approached from an existential point of view, as a defining aspect of the human condition. Through this lens, hunger raises little-explored philosophical difficulties. For instance, what sort of state is hunger – e.g. is it a perception, an emotion, a mood, none of these or all of these? What is the relationship between hunger, desire, and pleasure? (3) Finally, an appreciation of the complex facets of hunger is relevant in high-end gastronomy and makes a difference to the aesthetic value of a dining experience.

The two one-day workshops, to be held at the University of Milan in the Fall 2018, target themes (1) and (2). Each workshop will host talk aimed at fostering a conversation across scholars that have approached the study of hunger from different, philosophically poignant, perspectives. Participation to workshops is open and free; if interested in attending, please contact Andrea Borghini (andrea.borghini@unimi.it). 

 

WORKSHOP I: The Depths of Hunger

Friday 12th October 2018
Room Enzo Paci, Università degli Studi di Milano

Program

10:30-11:45 - Cain Todd (University of Lancaster), Valence, Attention, Emotion, and Hunger

11:45-13:00 - Andrea Borghini (University of Milan), On Being Hungry: A Philosophical Analysis

- Lunch Break -

14:30-15:45 - Simona Giordano (University of Manchester), Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa. Which Moral Principles Should Guide Clinical Decisions?

15:45-17:00 - Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan), Hunger for the Future

WORKSHOP II: Measuring Hunger

Friday 16th November 2018
Room Enzo Paci, Università degli Studi di Milano

Program

10:30-11:45 - Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa), Do Eating Disorders Fit the General Definition of Mental Disorder?

11:45-13:00 - Gyorgy Scrinis (University of Melbourne), From Hunger to Obesity: Reframing the Double/Triple Burden of Malnutrition

- Lunch Break -

14:30-15:45 - Kristine Beaulieu (University of Leeds), A Biopsychological Approach to Measuring Hunger: Theoretical Concepts of Appetite Control and Implications for Obesity

15:45-17:00 - Davide Serpico (University of Genoa) & Andrea Borghini (University of Milan), Is Obesity a Phenotype? 

The Lectures will be held in English.
Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

16 November 2018
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