Saturday, December 10, 2016

A good quote for the Christmas season

From the TLS:
....the fact that wine can bring great pleasure – and that it can cultivate a sense of community – has been something of a theme in Western philosophy. Plato argued that those over forty should get drunk “to renew their youth, and that, through forgetfulness of care, the temper of their souls may lose its hardness and become softer and more ductile”. Kant thought that when drunk “we forget and overlook the weaknesses of others . . .  people who are otherwise hard-hearted become, through intoxication, good-humoured, communicative and benign”.
For those who want to read a little bit more about Kant on drinking, you can read a short .pdf from a 1941 journal here.   

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