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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 19, Issue 2, 2019

Philosophy of Art

Adam Andrzejewski
Pages 297-313

Tasting the Truth
The Role of Food and Gustatory Knowledge in Hannibal

The paper provides a philosophical analysis of the role of food and eating in Hannibal. In the classical epistemological paradigm of detective fiction knowledge is linked with the sense of sight. This means that knowledge required for solving a detective mystery is objective and intersubjective in its nature. I argue that in order to understand Dr. Lecter’s motives, it is necessary to adopt the different epistemological model whereby valuable information is acquired through the senses of taste and smell. The protagonist displays mastery of the two senses through the use of his culinary skills. This fact explains how Lecter can control over the whole intrigue through the series.