Whiskey and Philosophy: A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas

Author(s): Fritz Allhoff


This work contains thoughtful essays on the history, significance, and pleasures of whiskey. Everyone becomes a philosopher with a drink in hand, but "Whiskey & Philosophy" takes this natural pairing to a new level. It explores a range of philosophical topics related to whiskey through engaging reflections written by philosophers, whiskey writers, and others. You will learn things that are both practical (how do tasting notes vary across guides and whiskey brands?) and thought provoking (why is there the popular conception that drinking whiskey makes people mean, and is it true?). Whether your interest lies in the drink itself or in the philosophical issues surrounding it, you'll find something to interest you in this unusual book. This work: covers subjects ranging from geographical origin to stylistic differences between whiskey and Scotch; explores philosophical ideas such as the aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics of whiskey and whiskey drinking; and, includes contributions from academics, journalists, and whiskey specialists, all written in an engaging and accessible style. Whether you prefer your whiskey neat or in a Manhattan, from the United States, Scotland, or elsewhere, "Whiskey & Philosophy" is your perfect drinking companion.


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Fritz Allhoff, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. His research areas are in ethical theory, applied ethics, and the philosophy of biology/science. He is the editor of Wine & Philosophy and Food & Philosophy (with Dave Monroe).

Marcus P. Adams, M.A., is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Foreword. Charles MacLean. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Start up the Still (Fritz Allhoff and Marcus P. Adams). Chapter 1: Scotch Whisky: From Origins to Conglomerates (Andrew Jefford). Chapter 2: Provenance and Authenticity: The Dual Myths of Scotch (Ian Buxton). Chapter 3: The Heritage of Scotch Whisky: From Monks to Surgeon Barbers (David Wishart). Chapter 4: Women, Whiskey, and Libationary Liberation (Ada Brunstein). Chapter 5: The Manhattan and You: Thinking about a Classic Whiskey Cocktail (Hans Allhoff). Chapter 6: Whiskey, Whisky, Wild Living, and the Hedonistic Paradox (Robert Arp). Chapter 7: What to Drink? Why We Choose the Bourbons We Do (Mark H. Waymack). Chapter 8: The Phenomenology of Spirits: How Do Whiskeys Win Prizes (Douglas Burnham and Ole Martin Skilleas)? Chapter 9: The Ideal Scotch: Lessons from Hegel (Thom Brooks). Chapter 10: Where the Fiddich Meets the Spey: My Religious Experience (Harvey Siegel). Chapter 11: As a Good Bartender Might: Whiskey and Natural Kinds (Thomas W. Polger). Chapter 12: Heisenberg's Spirits: Tasting Is More Uncertain Than It Seems (Jerry O. Dalton). Chapter 13: One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Buddhist Theory of No-Self (Steven F. Geisz). Chapter 14: What Do Tasting Notes Tell Us (Ian J. Dove)? Chapter 15: The Virtuous Whisky Drinker and Living Well (Richard Menary). Chapter 16: Nasty Tempers: Does Whiskey Make People Immoral (Dave Monroe)? Chapter 17: Whisky and the Wild: On Preserving Methods and Distilleries. Jason Kawall. Chapter 18: Peat and Seaweed: The Expressive Character of Islay Whiskies (Kevin W. Sweeney). Chapter 19: Japanese Whisky: 'It's Called Queen George, and It's More Bitched Up Than Its Name' (Chris Bunting). Chapter 20: Whisky and Culture: From Islay to Speyside (Susie Pryor and Andrew Martin). Appendix A: Whiskey Tasting Notes. Appendix B: Our Favorite Whiskey Cocktails. Contributor Biographies. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470431214
  • : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • : John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • : November 2009
  • : 229mm X 154mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Fritz Allhoff
  • : Paperback
  • : 641.252
  • : 384
  • : Philosophy; Spirits & cocktails