(Catholic) Sensual Ethic

Just listened to this podcast episode about a sensual approach to life and a philanthropic approach to food and elders.
Food Philosophy: Food Philosophy #24: Sensuality, Gael Greene and Citymeals-on-Wheels

Maybe it comes from having been brought up in an open-minded French-Canadian Catholic environment (heavily-secularized, passionate post-Jesuits with strong mother figures) but I can really relate to a food philosophy that is both sensual and ethical. Max Weber’s Protestant Work Ethic notwithstanding, there’s something deep about connecting to life as both a pleasurable experience and a matter of helping each other out. Islam is actually very similar in this sense. And maybe the religious dimension of culture is just too much on my mind, these days, but this felt really good.

It actually made me feel exactly the opposite feeling as the feelings I felt after listening to a somewhat disappointing recent podcast episode of Radio Open Source on food and the free will.

It also connects with my growing academic interests in food and culture (especially on beer and coffee). In fact, it makes me think about ethical issues in (food and music) consumption as well as about alternative views of Globalisation.

Thought for food!

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French-speaking ethnographer, homeroaster, anthropologist, musician, coffee enthusiast. View all posts by enkerli

One response to “(Catholic) Sensual Ethic

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    […] My reason for thinking about all of this now? Well, apart from my desire to really reintegrate Quebec society, I was just listening to an Eat Feed episode on “Eating and Drinking to Save the World.” Apart from my devotion to food, drinks, and ethical hedonism, that podcast episode titillated my sensitivity to ethical construction through an interview with Wildheart Gardens‘ Christopher Schein about Permaculture. Of course, the connection with Anthropik’s podcast episode on permaculture is even stronger, but my thinking about Quebec culture these days led me to think about Rebut Global first. […]

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