Food, Meaning, and the Law: Confessions of a Vegan Semiotician

Food, Meaning, and the Law: Confessions of a Vegan Semiotician Int J Semiot Law (2018) 31:637–658 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11196-018-9572-y Food, Meaning, and the Law: Confessions of a Vegan Semiotician Massimo Leone Published online: 28 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The essay that follows combines several genres along an unconventional path. It departs from the psycho-semiotic analysis of a personal turning point: the author’s ‘conversion’ to veganism. After exposing the rationale for this change in semiotic terms, however, the essay extends its theorization to the social level, inquiring about the intersection between vegan conviction and commensality. In a world where different food ideologies co-occur, converge, conflict, and sometimes clash, what is the role of the law in establishing value priorities and strike a balance among different sociocultural and political trends? The essay concludes with a synthetic definition, in semiotic terms, of the perspective on food, meaning, and law promoted by the author: a vegan liberalism that is tolerant of food pluralism but simultaneously militates for the evolution of culture and society toward the accomplishment of a utopia, that of a world immune from the exploitation of animal suffering. Keywords Food  Law  Semiotics  Veganism  Liberalism ‘‘For we being many are one bread, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal for the Semiotics of Law Springer Journals

Food, Meaning, and the Law: Confessions of a Vegan Semiotician

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Law; Theories of Law, Philosophy of Law, Legal History; Philosophy of Law; Applied Linguistics; Fundamentals of Law
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0952-8059
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1572-8722
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11196-018-9572-y
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Int J Semiot Law (2018) 31:637–658 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11196-018-9572-y Food, Meaning, and the Law: Confessions of a Vegan Semiotician Massimo Leone Published online: 28 May 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract The essay that follows combines several genres along an unconventional path. It departs from the psycho-semiotic analysis of a personal turning point: the author’s ‘conversion’ to veganism. After exposing the rationale for this change in semiotic terms, however, the essay extends its theorization to the social level, inquiring about the intersection between vegan conviction and commensality. In a world where different food ideologies co-occur, converge, conflict, and sometimes clash, what is the role of the law in establishing value priorities and strike a balance among different sociocultural and political trends? The essay concludes with a synthetic definition, in semiotic terms, of the perspective on food, meaning, and law promoted by the author: a vegan liberalism that is tolerant of food pluralism but simultaneously militates for the evolution of culture and society toward the accomplishment of a utopia, that of a world immune from the exploitation of animal suffering. Keywords Food  Law  Semiotics  Veganism  Liberalism ‘‘For we being many are one bread,

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International Journal for the Semiotics of LawSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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