Project Director

Schultz, Lucy

Department Examiner

Mills, Ethan


Honors College


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


In this food system, we witness issues such as health disparities, social injustice, and environmental injustice, which all flow within one another. When seeking to address such issues it is essential to recognize their inherent interconnectedness and root causes; otherwise, intended solutions can perpetuate the issues they aim to solve when they do not encompass full-seeing. The greatest barrier to full-seeing is disconnection with experience, which occurs when what we are experiencing is obscured by static conceptions. This inhibition of holistic understanding, when occurring through such limited perspectives, makes solving issues such as health disparities, social injustice, and environmental injustice an unintelligible pursuit. The intention of this paper is to identify the static, limited conceptions we have around ourselves and food, which can be dismantled and reformed through engagement in a sensuous revolution where we realize ourselves as embedded within a holistic circle of sustenance.


I would like to begin by thanking Dr. Mills, who offered me a first look into the realm of philosophy. I’ve learned from Dr. Mills the impact of holistic considerations and an engaging sense of humor, which have made his teachings very memorable. I would also like to thank Dr. Schultz for offering to go on this journey with me. She is a deeply kind, intelligent, and passionate professor, and her sustained mentorship has been invaluable. I am grateful for her creating a medium between knowledge and action, where students studying in her environmental philosophy class, like I did, can embody the learnings in the context of weekly involvement at the community garden Grow Hope Urban Farm. She directly sowed the seed for this paper. I must also thank Joel Tippens, for embodying all the lessons I hope to exemplify. If you can cross paths with Joel, you're better off to put down this paper and join him in the garden. I’m so grateful for his presence in our community, and that I get to receive his stories and wisdom. Thank you Jacqueline, Becca, Justin, and Liv for your dedicated proofreading. Jacqueline, you are an incredible facilitator of discovery. Thanks for “talking story” with me, for a window into your insights. Becca, thank you for listening to all my disjointed ideas and making sense of them. Thanks for sharing inspiration and passion, and for holding space for wonder. Thank you Justin for sharing in philosophical inquiry and holding space for everything. Finally, thank you to my dear sea turtle friend Liv. While I held some remnants of this paper within me, I had to meet you to see it outside of myself, to find that these sentiments exist in the world. Your ideas and love-filled heart will undoubtedly inspire sensuous revolutions, and they have my own.


B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.




Eating (Philosophy); Food--Philosophy


Embodiment; Systemic Reformation; Food System; Interconnection; Horizontal Learning


Applied Ethics | Ethics and Political Philosophy

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