Why do we prefer eating together to eating alone?

Philosopher's reply

Dear Mikaela,

By eating together we celebrate together, (a) that we are animals who relish food, (b) that we are social and need each other and (c) that we are cultural and delight in skill and invention

Yes! All of that in there in “would you like another slice of this rather nice bread?”

With thanks for your question and all good wishes,

Jane Heal

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Jane Heal

University of Cambridge, UK

She wrote: 'Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.' Could this be right? And if so how, more exactly, should we understand it? And how should we live in the light of that understanding? Murdoch is someone who, in her novels, her philosophy and her life, makes the interest and importance of these issues vividly apparent!

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