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Eating/Nourishment

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Author(s): Schmoll, Friedemann
Eating as Basic Need and Social Activity 1. Eating and drinking ‘keep body and soul together,’ we say. The adage points to altogether distinct dimensions of the taking of nourishment. On the one hand, eating satisfies, and thus serves to maintain the human being biologically. But the expression also refers to dimensions of eating by which the human being is distinguished from the beast: psychic elements, which can be realized in cultural, religious, and social dimensions. Between the organic need of hu…

Drinking/Drink

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Author(s): Schmoll, Friedemann
1. Drinking, like eating, belongs to the elementary processes that maintain the human body biologically. At the same time, however, its religious, social, and cultural implications far transcend these natural functions. The twin relationship of a natural and a cultural ‘membership,’ along with the status of ‘world-openness’ (H. Plessner)—that is, human beings' ability to establish themselves in different environments—make the process of drinking a symbolical field of activity as well, that is no…