I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher's Guide to Wine [NOOK Book]

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"The ancients had a solution to the alcohol problem, which was to wrap the drink in religious rituals, to treat it as the incarnation of a god, and to marginalize disruptive behaviour as the god's doing, not the worshipper's. Gradually, under the discipline of ritual, prayer and theology, wine was tamed from its orgiastic origins to become a solemn libation to the Olympians and then the Christian Eucharist - that brief encounter with salvation which has reconciliation as its goal." "We are familiar with the medical opinion that a daily glass of

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I Drink Therefore I Am: A Philosopher's Guide to Wine

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"The ancients had a solution to the alcohol problem, which was to wrap the drink in religious rituals, to treat it as the incarnation of a god, and to marginalize disruptive behaviour as the god's doing, not the worshipper's. Gradually, under the discipline of ritual, prayer and theology, wine was tamed from its orgiastic origins to become a solemn libation to the Olympians and then the Christian Eucharist - that brief encounter with salvation which has reconciliation as its goal." "We are familiar with the medical opinion that a daily glass of wine is good for the health and also the rival opinion that any more than a glass or two will set us on the road to ruin. Whether or not good for the body, Scruton argues, wine, drunk in the right frame of mind, is definitely good for the soul. And there is no better accompaniment to wine than philosophy. By thinking with wine, you can learn not only to drink in thoughts but to think in draughts." This good-humoured book offers an antidote to the pretentious clap-trap that is written about wine today and a profound apology for the drink on which civilisation has been founded.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408194690
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,180,447
  • File size: 17 MB
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Professor Roger Scruton is visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford and visiting Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere, Gentle Regrets and I Drink Therefore I Am (all published by Continuum).
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Table of Contents

1 Prelude 1

Pt. 1 I Drink

2 My Fall 9

3 Le Tour de France 29

4 News from Elsewhere 69

Pt. 2 Therefore I Am

5 Consciousness and Being 95

6 The Meaning of Wine 117

7 The Meaning of Whine 139

8 Being and Bingeing 165

Appendix What to Drink With What 175

Index of Subjects 199

Index of Names 203

Index of Wines 209

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