Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy / Edition 1

Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy / Edition 1

by Carolyn Korsmeyer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801488133

ISBN-13: 9780801488139

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Taste, perhaps the most intimate of the five senses, has traditionally been considered beneath the concern of philosophy, too bound to the body, too personal and idiosyncratic. Yet, in addition to providing physical pleasure, eating and drinking bear symbolic and aesthetic value in human experience, and they continually inspire writers and artists.

In Making

Overview

Taste, perhaps the most intimate of the five senses, has traditionally been considered beneath the concern of philosophy, too bound to the body, too personal and idiosyncratic. Yet, in addition to providing physical pleasure, eating and drinking bear symbolic and aesthetic value in human experience, and they continually inspire writers and artists.

In Making Sense of Taste, Carolyn Korsmeyer explains how taste came to occupy so low a place in the hierarchy of senses and why it is deserving of greater philosophical respect and attention. Korsmeyer begins with the Greek thinkers who classified taste as an inferior, bodily sense; she then traces the parallels between notions of aesthetic and gustatory taste that were explored in the formation of modern aesthetic theories. She presents scientific views of how taste actually works and identifies multiple components of taste experiences.

Turning to taste's objects—food and drink—she looks at the different meanings they convey in art and literature as well as in ordinary human life and proposes an approach to the aesthetic value of taste that recognizes the representational and expressive roles of food. Korsmeyer's consideration of art encompasses works that employ food in contexts sacred and profane, that seek to whet the appetite and to keep it at bay; her selection of literary vignettes ranges from narratives of macabre devouring to stories of communities forged by shared eating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801488139
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
827,592
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Hierarchy of the Senses

Chapter 2: Philosophies of Taste: Aesthetic and Nonasethetic Senses

Chapter 3: The Science of Taste

Chapter 4: The Meaning of Taste and the Taste of Meaning

Chapter 5: The Visual Appetite: Representing Taste and Food

Chapter 6: Narratives of Eating

Index

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