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Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature.

Kass, Leon R.

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ISBN 10: 0029170737 / ISBN 13: 9780029170731
Published by Free Press, New York, 1994
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Xviii, 248 pages, illustrations, cloth, DJ, very good. From Publishers Weekly: "Eating, observes Kass, a physician and biochemist who teaches literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago, is a "great paradox. " To preserve life, individuals necessarily destroy life. Yet, he argues, if this urgent, most basic animal necessity is humanized through table manners, hospitality, sharing, good conversation and ritual, eating becomes a means to celebrate and broaden human community, friendship and values. This stimulating, original philosophical inquiry views eating among humans as a key to our place in the natural order and as a manifestation of the "hungry soul" that seeks satisfaction in activities motivated by ambition, curiosity, affection and awe. Kass concludes by arguing that Jewish dietary laws are one example of a code that embodies an understanding of the ethics of eating and a reverence for life. " SR1547C ; 248 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 26206

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Title: Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of ...

Publisher: Free Press, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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What is the full meaning of eating? What does it reveal about the soul? Dr. Leon Kass 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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Leon R. Kass, M.D. is the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the College and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

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