The Hungry Soul Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature The Hungry Soul is a fascinating exploration of the natural and cultural act of eating Kass brilliantly reveals how the various aspects of this phenomenon and the customs rituals and taboos surroun

  • Title: The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature
  • Author: Leon R. Kass
  • ISBN: 9780226425689
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Hungry Soul is a fascinating exploration of the natural and cultural act of eating Kass brilliantly reveals how the various aspects of this phenomenon, and the customs, rituals, and taboos surrounding it, relate to universal and profound truths about the human animal and its deepest yearnings Kass is a distinguished and graceful writer It is astonishing to disThe Hungry Soul is a fascinating exploration of the natural and cultural act of eating Kass brilliantly reveals how the various aspects of this phenomenon, and the customs, rituals, and taboos surrounding it, relate to universal and profound truths about the human animal and its deepest yearnings Kass is a distinguished and graceful writer It is astonishing to discover how different is our world from that of the animals, even in that which most evidently betrays that we too are animals our need and desire for food Roger Scruton, Times Literary Supplement Yum Miss Manners

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    About “Leon R. Kass

    1. Leon R. Kass says:

      American physician, scientist, educator, and public intellectual, best known as proponent of liberal education via the Great Books, as an opponent of human cloning, life extension and euthanasia, as a critic of certain areas of technological progress and embryo research, and for his controversial tenure as chairman of the President s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005 Although Kass is often referred to as a bioethicist, he eschews the term and refers to himself as an old fashioned humanist.



    2 thoughts on “The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature

    1. I was excited to read this book because I'm a big fan of "The Beginning of Wisdom" and I also like his collection on courtship and marriage ("Wing to wing, oar to oar" - with his wife, Amy Kass) but I found this book to be, while centered on one theme, a bit all over the place. His writing is always beautiful, and always enjoyable, but here, I felt like he was trying to fit various random ideas in philosophy into one theme, not matter how much he had to push the fit. Sometimes it works (I enjoye [...]

    2. Kass's philosophical exploration of the human need and habits around food, seems to depend largely on Western, modernist notions of self-perfection through progress. Kass appears equates human civilization with virtue, (references to animals always being pejorative) and rarely accounts for the psychological constraints of culture and society that produced much of the manners/customs he seems to praise as progress. The book has intriguing arguments, but only in the context of a larger conversatio [...]

    3. On eating and the whole culture of food. Kass is Jewish and therefore accepts the kosher laws. But there are many great insights into food and our practices surrounding eating.

    4. It was a very interesting approach to explain human nature, but it was dry and hard to read. I could appreciate the attempt. I had some trouble reading it.

    5. La explicación aristotélica sobre el acto de comer en cuanto a sustancia definida por la forma y la materia es excelente. Sin embargo, Kass se empacha de moralidad al punto del ridículo. ¿Quién censuraría el acto de comer en público un helado? Eso porque seguro no ha visto a nadie comer un elote sentado en una banca frente a la iglesia.

    6. Thoughtful, nourishing, delightful study of how eating differs from dining. Through eating with others we grow more civil; the family table becomes a school for life. [I]ncivility, insensitivity, and ingratitude learned at the family table can infect all other aspects of one's life. Conversely, good habits and thoughtful attitudes regarding food and eating will have far-reaching benefits. Self-restraint and self-command, consideration for others, politeness, fairness, generosity, tact, discernme [...]

    7. I am reading it slowly, but I am learning a lot about how important it is to have norms for eating, an activity that occupies a significant part of everyday human life but is as of late considered a free for all. I am agreeing, but sometimes some neo-con elements sort of irritate me.

    8. Technically I didn't quite finish this. I was about 40-50 pages from finishing it when I sold it. After many attempts, I just had to let it go. There was some interesting info in it, but it was quite boring.

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