chapter  4
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Religion and reason: The emergence of a discourse on nutrition

In the last chapter we looked at conduct around food in three historically specific moments in Western thought: early Greek, imperial Roman and early Christian. We noted how, in relation to a moral problematisation of pleasure, this had changed from a conduct based on personal ethics in order to comport oneself as a free man fit to rule in ancient Greece, through an ethics centred on a self in Imperial Rome, to an ethics in Christianity where conduct around food was registered against problems of the flesh.