What Is a Recipe?

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (4):719-738 (2015)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The ontology of recipes is by and large unexplored. In this paper, I offer a three-steps account. After introducing some key terminology, I distinguish four main options for a theory of recipes: realism, constructivism, existentialism, and the naïve approach. Hence, I first argue that recipes are social entities whose identity depends on a process of identification, typically performed by means of a performative utterance on the part of a cook ; thus, the best theoretical framework for a theory of recipes is a constructivist. Secondly, I argue that the identity of recipes can be grasped only by being suitably acquainted with the dishes that instantiate them, because of the impossibility to spell out recipes in details that would match a full-fledged dish; hence, the authority to establish the identity of a recipe rests on a process of apprenticeship. Finally, I argue that the identity of recipes and—vicariously—of the dishes that instantiate them, rest on three factors: the expertise required on the part of the cook; authenticity ; and the open-ended character of recipes

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,330

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

How to Read ‘Heritability’ in the Recipe Approach to Natural Selection.Pierrick Bourrat - 2015 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 66 (4):883-903.
Recipes for Moral Paradox.Andrew Sneddon - 2012 - American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):43-54.
Plato: Poet: "Lysis": Poem.Ginger Osborn Justus - 1995 - Dissertation, Vanderbilt University
Kalmus, Gilge und Würzhalm. Anmerkungen zu einer alten Verwechslungsgeschichte.Ulrich Stoll - 1992 - Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 15 (4):227-242.
Recipes for Theory Making.Lisa Heldke - 1988 - Hypatia 3 (2):15 - 29.
A unified view of plans as recipes.A. S. Rao - 1997 - In J. Hintikka & R. Tuomela (eds.), Contemporary Action Theory. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Recipes and causes.R. J. Haack - 1967 - Mind 76 (301):98-102.
Causation and recipes.Douglas Gasking - 1955 - Mind 64 (256):479-487.

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-06-26

Downloads
160 (#107,695)

6 months
19 (#101,501)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Andrea Borghini
Università degli Studi di Milano

References found in this work

Languages of Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols.Nelson Goodman - 1971 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 22 (2):187-198.
Works of music: an essay in ontology.Julian Dodd - 2007 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Art as Performance.Dave Davies - 2003 - Wiley-Blackwell.
Languages of Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols.B. C. O'Neill - 1971 - Philosophical Quarterly 21 (85):361.

View all 28 references / Add more references