Law and the Senses: Taste

Pavoni, A., Mandic, D., Nirta, C. and Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas (ed.) 2018. Law and the Senses: Taste. London University of Westminster Press.

TitleLaw and the Senses: Taste
EditorsPavoni, A.
Mandic, D.
Nirta, C.
Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas

Taste usually occupies the bottom of the sensorial hierarchy, as the quintessentially hedonistic sense, too close to the animal, the elemental and the corporeal, and for this reason disciplined and moralised. At the same time, taste is indissolubly tied to knowledge. To taste is to discriminate, emit judgement, enter an unstable domain of synaesthetic normativity where the certainty of metaphysical categories begins to crumble. This second title in the ‘Law and the Senses’ series explores law using taste as a conceptual and ontological category able to unsettle legal certainties, and a promising tool whereby to investigate the materiality of law’s relation to the world. For what else is law’s reduction of the world into legal categories, if not law’s ingesting the world by tasting it, and emitting moral and legal judgements accordingly? Through various topics including coffee, wine, craft cider and Japanese knotweed, this volume explores the normativities that shape the way taste is felt and categorised, within and beyond subjective, phenomenological and human dimensions. The result is an original interdisciplinary volume – complete with seven speculative ‘recipes’ – dedicated to a rarely explored intersection, with contributions from artists, legal academics, philosophers, anthropologists and sociologists.

Keywordspleasure, phenomonology, epistemology, taste, senses, law
PublisherUniversity of Westminster Press
Publication dates
Published online25 Jul 2018
Place of publicationLondon
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LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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