Lack of time is a commonly reported barrier to healthy eating, but a literal lack of time is only one way that time may compromise eating well. This article explores how the first-personal lived experience of time shapes and is shaped by eating. I draw upon phenomenology and feminist theory to argue that the dynamic relationship between eating and temporality matters for food ethics. Specifically, temporalities and related ways of eating can be better or worse vis-à-vis key ethical concerns. I highlight the possibility of altering temporalities through strategic eating and consider implications for individual food choice and structural change.
Time to Eat: The Importance of Temporality for Food Ethics
Megan Dean is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University. She works in feminist bioethics with a focus on the ethics of eating.