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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

7 Episodes

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, we cook and eat together while reflecting on crucial life questions. By bringing philosophy into the kitchen, we put theory into practice: we 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 we explore these different ways of thinking to find solutions for our most pressing issues. How do we navigate this complex and ever-changing world? What can we do to change the state of it? And where to even begin looking for answers?

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

    Episode 1

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Chiara Robbiano • 2019 • 35 minutes

    The students talk with intercultural philosopher Chiara Robbiano about how systems of value are determined and personal goals are set. Professor Robbiano advocates for the value of an open dialogue in order to ...

  • Food for Thought - Cooking with Commitment - Ep. 2

    Episode 2

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Peter D. Hershock • 2019 • 35 minutes

    The students talk with philosopher Peter Hershock, who approaches questions of consciousness from a Buddhist perspective. Professor Hershock argues that the thought process constitutes a sixth sense, the same...

  • Food for Thought - Humanity in One Pot - Ep. 3

    Episode 3

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Hadeer Aboelnagah • 2019 • 36 minutes

    The students talk with philosopher Hadeer Abo El Nagah and her daughter Mawadah, who discuss what the practice of Islam mean for them. What does feminism mean in the Islamic world? How can one’s self concepti...

  • Food for Thought - The Art of Not Stirring - Ep. 4

    Episode 4

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Sarah Flavel • 2019 • 35 minutes

    The students talk with Daoist philosopher Sarah Flavel, who focuses on the concept of Wu-Wei, or “non-action.” How can these young students learn to influence a situation by choosing to move along with the flow of...

  • Food for Thought - Tasting Qualities - Ep. 5

    Episode 5

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Shalini Sinha • 2019 • 35 minutes

    The students talk with Buddhist philosopher Shalini Sinha, who discusses how people work to change the world around them. Professor Sinha argues for looking at the qualities of a person rather than their ego, the...

  • Food for Thought - You are What You Eat - Ep. 6

    Episode 6

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Michael Onyebuchi Eze • 2019 • 35 minutes

    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. Rather than seeing difference a...

  • Food for Thought - Persian Balance - Ep. 7

    Episode 7

    Directed by Martijn Tervoort • Documentary • With Tina Rahimy • 2019 • 36 minutes

    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. Professor Ra...