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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Moreover , the transformations of cooking flesh make relatively few changes in
the meat and , more important , require relatively few changes in human psyche
or way of life , compared with those connected with making bread . Indeed eating
... for years before grudgingly accepting it . The fork revolution did not ... present
the world with an utterly strange new instrument ; what did constitute an important
change in the West was the spread of the use of forks , their eventual adoption ...
But honor and distinction , however important to be respected and acknowledged
, are in tension with the principle of equality that makes for convivial dining .
Should the purpose of the dinner be to honor one of the guests , the occasion
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THE HUNGRY SOUL: Eating and the Perfecting of Our NatureComentariu Utilizator - Kirkus
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