Food and the Fine Arts

The German philosopher Immanuel Kant has, arguably, been the most important philosopher in the tradition when it comes to questions about art and aesthetics. And according to Kant, the culinary arts cannot be genuine fine arts because they don’t engage the intellect in the way painting or music do. In my Three Quarks essay this month, I explain why Kant was wrong.


  1. Thanks for commenting. Brillat-Savarin’s book is remarkable but I doubt it would have changed Kant’s mind. I suspect he would have thought BS had found creative ways of describing what are nevertheless simple pleasures with little cognitive content.

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