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Food for Thought

In the series, Food for Thought, seven young people start a dialogue with seven philosophers. As food is simply the best way to connect with one another, they cook and eat together while reflecting on crucial life questions. By bringing philosophy into the kitchen, they put theory into practice: they taste and chew on new ideas, apply different concepts and inspire each other.

The philosophers are expert thinkers in various global traditions of thought. Together they explore these different ways of thinking to find solutions for our most pressing issues. How do they navigate this complex and ever-changing world? What can they do to change the state of it? And where to even begin looking for answers?

Part 1: The students talk with intercultural philosopher Chiara Robbiano about how systems of value are determined and personal goals are set.

Part 2: The students talk with philosopher Peter Hershock, who approaches questions of consciousness from a Buddhist perspective.

Part 3: The students talk with philosopher Hadeer Abo El Nagah and her daughter Mawadah, who discuss what the practice of Islam mean for them.

Part 4: The students talk with Daoist philosopher Sarah Flavel, who focuses on the concept of Wu-Wei, or “non-action.”

Part 5: The students talk with Buddhist philosopher Shalini Sinha, who discusses how people work to change the world around them.

Part 6: The students talk with Nigerian philosopher Michael Onyebuchi Eze, who discusses how the philosophical concept of Ubuntu can help us to think about the value of difference.

Part 7: The students talk with Iranian philosopher Tina Rahimy about moving beyond the restrictive categorizations of language, stressing the importance of openness, respect, and adaptability in communication.

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The Food for Thought includes the following titles:

Food for Thought - Risotto Meets Saké - Ep. 1 - imageFood for Thought - Risotto Meets Saké - Ep. 1

In episode 1, an exercise in openness - Who am I? Who should I be?

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 35 minutes
Food for Thought - Cooking with Commitment - Ep. 2 - imageFood for Thought - Cooking with Commitment - Ep. 2

Episode 2 explores initiatating change - How do I make a difference in the world?

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 35 minutes
Food for Thought - Humanity in One Pot - Ep. 3 - imageFood for Thought - Humanity in One Pot - Ep. 3

Episode 3 encounters religion - How do I engage with religious worldviews?

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 36 minutes
Food for Thought - The Art of Not Stirring - Ep. 4 - imageFood for Thought - The Art of Not Stirring - Ep. 4

Episode 4 is about moving in harmony - How do I achieve my own goals within a larger context?

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 35 minutes
Food for Thought - Tasting Qualities - Ep. 5 - imageFood for Thought - Tasting Qualities - Ep. 5

Episode 5 encourages us to enhance the quality of our actions, transform the world and ourselves.

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 35 minutes
Food for Thought - You are What You Eat - Ep. 6 - imageFood for Thought - You are What You Eat - Ep. 6

Episode 6 explores engaging with difference - Why do I need people different from me?

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 35 minutes
Food for Thought - Persian Balance - Ep. 7 - imageFood for Thought - Persian Balance - Ep. 7

Episode 7 is about finding a new language - How can I better connect with others?

Viewpoint Productions | 2019 | 36 minutes

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