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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But in arranging and hosting a dinner party we go beyond what is necessary . We
entertain not strangers but friends ( or at least acquaintances ) , and we do so
gladly and with an open hand . In the best case we display the virtue of liberality ...
Throwing a party is perhaps the most characteristic activity of liberality , for one
hosts a feast or a party , just as one presents gifts of all sorts , not for the needy
but for those who are near and dear ; liberality is different from charity .
True , many who are literally wealthy will be stingy and many who are not will be
generous , and liberality is not a matter of how much you have but what you do
with it . Nevertheless the freest acts require some surplus , for they must be ...
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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