I Drink Therefore I am : A Philosopher's Guide to Wine
Here 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.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 136 x 214 x 18mm | 281.23g
- 25 Nov 2010
- Continuum Publishing Corporation
- New York, United States
"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"
About Roger Scruton
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).
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.