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 processes that follow become more and more unconscious and uncontrolled
, as the voluntary yields to the autonomic : The chewed and ensalivated food is
moved back to the region of the posterior tongue and the soft palate ...
The tongue is also the seat of taste , its entire surface covered with papillae that
house the taste buds ; in addition it is generally sensitive all over to touch and
temperature . The richness of its talents is seen in the richness of its neural
As soon as an exculent [ edible ] substance is introduced into the mouth , it is
confiscated , gas and juices , beyond recall . The lips cut off its retreat ; the teeth
seize upon it and crush it ; it is soaked with saliva ; the tongue kneads it and turns
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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