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    DescriptionHere Scruton explains the connection between good wine and serious thought with a heady mix of humour and philosophy. 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, Scrtuton 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. In vino veritas.


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    Title
    I Drink Therefore I am
    Subtitle
    A Philosopher's Guide to Wine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger Scruton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781441170675
    ISBN 10: 1441170677
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    Ingram Subject Code: CW
    Libri: I-CW
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: WBXD1
    B&T Approval Code: A10010000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000, CKB088000
    B&T Approval Code: A71544000
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    BISAC V2.8: HUM000000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 641.2201
    LC classification: GT2885 .S37 2010
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/SCITAS
    Thema V1.0: WH, JHM, WBXD1, QDX
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    Continuum Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    25 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Professor Roger Scruton is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington and Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. His other books include Sexual Desire, The West and the Rest, England: An Elegy, News from Somewhere and Gentle Regrets (all published by Continuum).
    Review quote
    "Spendid... partly a serious guide to the wines of France, Italy, and Spain and (if you must) the "New World", it is also very funny... this is one of Scruton's most enjoyable books, uncorking much wisdom, and concluding with a wicked guide to the right drink to take while reading various philosophers. The Guardian [Scruton] writes deliciously... this book is a marvellous read - provocative, spicy, balanced and brimful of wise words... it is hugely recommendable. The Oldie [Scruton's] indisputable passion for wine will send you off to your next glass better informed and more thoughtful than before. Metro Perfect for curling up with in front of the fire, with a large glass of claret. The Scotsman"
    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. Drugs that are Tolerated and Forbidden; 2. Alcohol and its Effects.; 3. The Ancients and Religious Rituals; 4. Wine, Self Certainty and Philosophy; 5. Paying Bacchus his Due; 6. Wine and the Moral Vacuum; 7. American Health Warnings; 8. Wine as an Accompaniment to Thought; 9. Wine as Something to Live By.