Beer and Philosophy : The Unexamined Beer Isn't Worth Drinking

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-11-19
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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From the dawn of civilization, human beings have bent elbows together to consume beer. The stonecutters and laborers who built the Egyptian pyramids did it - and even today, what is more thirst quenching than a good beer at the end of a hard day? Beer is the most democratic of all beverages, making it an excellent vehicle for examining everyday life.Beer & amp; Philosophy is written for beer lovers who want to think while they drink. It playfully explores a multitude of philosophical questions:What is the definition of an authentic beer and is its goodness context-dependent?Is it preferable to drink large quantities of Pabst Blue Ribbon or better to consume smaller amounts of Chimay Blue Grande R Úserve?Can the existence of high quality brew be used to prove the theory of Intelligent Design?Author and beer aficionado Steven D. Hales presents an intriguing and often humorous argument for how complex philosophical concerns are intrinsically linked to something as prosaic as quaffing a pint with friends.

Author Biography

Steven D. Hales is Professor of Philosophy at Bloomsburg University. He received a PhD from Brown University and specializes in epistemology and metaphysics. A prolific writer, Hale was the 2006 recipient of the Bloomsburg University teaching award.

Table of Contents

Foreword: I Wink, Therefore I Amp. vii
Editor's Introductionp. 1
The Art of the Beerp. 13
Thirst for Authenticity: An Aesthetics of the Brewer's Artp. 15
The Beer Matrix: Reality vs Facsimile in Brewingp. 31
The Truth about Beerp. 44
Good Beer, or How to Properly Dispute Tastep. 52
Quality, Schmality: Talking Naturally about the Aesthetics of Beer; or Why is American Beer So Lousy?p. 65
Extreme Brewing in Americap. 83
The Ethics of Beer: Pleasures, Freedom, and Characterp. 95
Mill v. Miller, or Higher and Lower Pleasuresp. 97
Beer and Autonomyp. 110
Another Pitcher? On Beer, Friendship, and Characterp. 123
The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Beerp. 135
Beer and Gnosis: The Mead of Inspirationp. 137
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Beerp. 148
What's a Beer Style?p. 162
Beer in the History of Philosophyp. 177
Drink on, the Jolly Prelate Criesp. 179
Beer Goggles and Transcendental Idealismp. 193
Beyond Grolsch and Orval: Beer, Intoxication, and Power in Nietzsche's Thoughtp. 206
Your Thinking Companions on the Bar Stool next to Youp. 221
Indexp. 225
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