The Hungry Soul
Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature

  • Title:

    The Hungry Soul
  • Paperback ISBN:

    0226425681
  • Paperback Dimensions:

    9'' x 6''
  • 248 Paperback pages
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    0029170737

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.

Leon R. Kass is the Hertog Fellow at AEI.

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