The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature
Free Press, 1994 - 248 pagini
What is the full meaning of eating? What does it reveal about the soul? What is the meaning of human omnivorousness and the myriad customs that refine human eating, transforming animal feeding into human dining? This book examines the phenomena of eating, natural and cultural - from metabolism, appetite, and taste, to hospitality, table manners, and the ritual meal, and reveals how eating not only feeds the body but also nourishes the soul.
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The decline in the dominance of smell and snout and the rise in the power of
sight ( and with it imagination , and so on ) , already mentioned , are in fact the
external marks of the decline in the hegemony of instinct over human affairs .
Rousseau rubs our noses in the fact that the consequences for human well -
being are not necessarily good . After demonstrating the often deadly inability of
animals to deviate from their fixed diets ( and just when we expect him to praise
... specially created for each dining occasion . The one large common board
around which everybody sits is a symbol of the in - commonness of the activity . In
fact , the table itself constitutes the individuals as a commensal ( com- , together ...
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Doctor-turned-teacher Kass (Committee on Social Thought/Univ. of Chicago) serves up a stimulating treatise on the anthropology and ethics of eating. In the tradition of ancient philosophers of the ... Citiți recenzia completă