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Wine and Philosophy

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328 pages
In Wine & Philosophy, philosophers, wine critics, and winemakers share their passion for wine through well-crafted essays that explore wine’s deeper meaning, nature, and significance
  • Joins Food & Philosophy and Beer & Philosophy in in the "Epicurean Trilogy
  •  Essays are organized thematically and written by philosophers, wine writers, and winemakers
  • Chapters include, “The Art & Culture of Wine”; “Tasting & Talking about Wine”; “Wine & Its Critics”; “The Beauty of Wine”; “The Metaphysics of Wine”; and “The Politics & Economics of Wine”
  • Accessible to a general audience while at the same time covering some serious philosophical ground
  • Incorporates traditional areas of philosophical study, including philosophy of language, philosophy of perception, aesthetics, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy
  • A great complimentary text to any guided-tour visit to the Napa Valley or other wineries
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Contents
List of Figures Foreword by Paul Draper Acknowledgments
Planting the Vines: An Introduction Fritz Allhoff
I The Art & Culture of Wine 1 Wine in Ancient Greece: Some Platonist Ponderings Harold Tarrant
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On and Off the Wagon: Wine and the American Character Jonathon Alsop
Muse in a Stem Glass: Art, Wine, and Philosophy Kirsten Ditterich-Shilakes
In Vino Sanitas Frederick Adolf Paola
II Tasting & Talking about Wine 5 Mmmm . . . not Aha! Imaginative vs. Analytical Experiences of Wines John Dilworth 6 Talk about Wine? Kent Bach
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Winespeak or Critical Communication? Why People Talk about Wine Keith Lehrer and Adrienne Lehrer
Wine & Its Critics
What the Wine Critic Tells Us John W. Bender
Experiencing Wine: Why Critics Mess Up (Some of the Time) Jamie Goode
The Beauty of Wine
You’ll Never Drink Alone: Wine Tasting and Aesthetic Practice Douglas Burnham and Ole Martin Skilleås
Who Cares If You Like It, This Is a Good Wine Regardless George Gale
Listening to the Wine Consumer: The Art of Drinking Steve Charters
Wine & Metaphysics
Is There Coffee or Blackberry in My Wine? Kevin W. Sweeney The Soul of Wine: Digging for Meaning Randall Grahm The Notion ofTerroir Matt Kramer
The Politics & Economics of Wine Wine-Tasting Epiphany: An Analysis of the 1976 California vs. France Tasting Orley Ashenfelter, Richard E. Quandt, and George M. Taber
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The Old World and the New: Worlds Apart? Warren Winiarski
Taste How Expensive This Is: A Problem of Wine and Rationality Justin Weinberg
Shipping across State Lines: Wine and the Law Drew Massey
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