New grill

A philosopher contemplates the degree to which his new grill is participating in the Form of the Perfect Grill (along with participating in the Good and the Beautiful). One gets the sense that the thinker here believes this grill to be pretty close the source.

One might recall a discussion we had over at usuphilosophy on the merits of gas vs. charcoal grilling. I had been a lifelong tender of the coals, but I have now fully converted to gas. I regret it some. The gas grill is rather like a chainsaw – its principle virtue is its efficiency and utility. Both the gas grill and the chainsaw introduce a distance between the worker and the object of this work (the tree, the meat) that is not introduced with hand tools and man-made fire. But with young kids, I just would not grill much if I was still using charcoal since it is just more time consuming. That said, I have come to respect the gas – it requires its own sort of care. I am no longer convinced that it necessarily “enframes” and that one can “hearken” in the task, even though it is easy to understand the gas grill in terms of a “standing reserve”. Another thing to say is that gas grills are just a different kind of manliness – meat, fire, and machine.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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