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date: 19 June 2021

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This chapter argues that morally unreflective and non-deliberative actions and choices manifest an important dimension of people’s moral characters, one that has often been overlooked or underemphasized by philosophers. Many of the choices that people make and the actions that they perform in the course of eating are significantly dissociated from moral reflection and deliberation, and so a careful study thereof promises to help illuminate the connection between moral characters and all that people do in the absence of moral deliberation and reflection. In that spirit, this chapter explores how and why it makes sense to think that the way people eat manifests their moral characters, and then investigates what a person’s morally unreflective and non-deliberative food- and diet-related choices and actions may reveal about whether (and to what extent) the person is praiseworthy or admirable, qua moral agent.

Keywords: moral character, moral worth, moral virtue, choice, deliberation, reflection, moral agency, food, eating

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