Philosophical Tooth

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Socrates (in reply to Antipho, in defense of a philosophical way of life) said about eating:

“He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce.”

What does that mean in today’s self-help lingo?

“He/she who eats with most mindfulness (with most presence, with most savoring-of-the-moment) requires no dessert (or seconds).”

That’s my spin on this ancient pearl of wisdom: a philosophical tooth is a sweet tooth.

Adapted from “Reinventing the Dessert” (Reinventing the Meal, Somov, 2012).



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    Last reviewed: 17 Jan 2013

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2013). Philosophical Tooth. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 29, 2015, from


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Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D. is the author of The Lotus Effect, Present Perfect, The Smoke-Free Smoke Break, and Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time.

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