Title

Drinking to Get Drunk: Pleasure, Creativity, and Social Harmony in Greece and China

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-13-2011

Abstract

This essay examines the multifaceted roles of drinking parties in early Greece and in medieval China. It takes as paradigm examples descriptions of ritual intoxication in Plato's Laws and in the poetry of Ouyang Xiu and Mei Yaochen, arguing that these divergent cultural and philosophical traditions can be both related and made distinct through concepts of pleasure, creativity, and social harmony.

Publication Title

Comparative and Continental Philosophy

First Page

243

Last Page

253

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