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The Ethos of Rice : The Ethics behind the Traditional Culture of Rice and its Production in the Philippines

Colloquium with Prof. Jeannette L. Yasol-Naval, Department of Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
3400 Boelter Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This talk will share the results of a study on the ethos of rice which explores the ethical and cultural dynamics of rice in the Philippines. It has revealed a valuation of rice and its production that transcends the economic and technological significance of the crop. It shows that rice is an embodiment of a unique farmer-land relationship, an investment of time, faith, taste and a wide gamut of valuations. Rice is a way of life; it gives the farmers a sense of community, fulfillment and completeness. It is an extension of themselves and the foundation of their families. The study likewise reveals a unique environmental ethics that recognizes the farmers’ strong affinity with the land.
Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the current Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Her research interests are in the areas of applied philosophy, particularly Environmental Ethics and Pilosopiyang Pilipino (Filipino Philosophy). Recent publications include: Pamimilosopiya: Mga Pagdulog at Konsepto sa Pilosopiya (Approaches to Philosophy) published by the U.P. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino in 2011, and "From Kapre to Ecological Conscience: The Holistic Perspective of Environmental Ethics" (Kasarinlan, International Publication  of the U.P. Third World Studies Center).  Dr. Yasol-Naval is currently doing research on Food Ethics and the Feminization of Agriculture.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures

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