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Lust

ISBN-10: 0195312074
ISBN-13: 9780195312072
Edition: 2007
Authors: Simon Blackburn
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Description: Lust, says Simon Blackburn, is furtive, headlong, always sizing up opportunities. It is a trail of clothing in the hallway, the trashy cousin of love. But be that as it may, the aim of this delightful book is to rescue lust "from the denunciations  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Lust, says Simon Blackburn, is furtive, headlong, always sizing up opportunities. It is a trail of clothing in the hallway, the trashy cousin of love. But be that as it may, the aim of this delightful book is to rescue lust "from the denunciations of old men of the deserts, to deliver it from the pallid and envious confessor and the stocks and pillories of the Puritans, to drag it from the category of sin to that of virtue." Blackburn, author of such popular philosophy books as Think and Being Good, here offers a sharp-edged probe into the heart of lust, blending together insight from some of the world's greatest thinkers on sex, human nature, and our common cultural foibles. Blackburn takes a wide ranging, historical approach, discussing lust as viewed by Aristophanes and Plato, lust in the light of the Stoic mistrust of emotion, and the Christian fear of the flesh that catapulted lust to the level of deadly sin. He describes how philosophical pessimists like Schopenhauer and Sartre contributed to our thinking about lust and explores the false starts in understanding lust represented by Freud, Kinsey, and modern "evolutionary psychology." But most important, Blackburn reminds us that lust is also life-affirming, invigorating, fun. He points to the work of David Hume (Blackburn's favorite philosopher) who saw lust not only as a sensual delight but also "a joy of the mind." Written by one of the most eminent living philosophers, attractively illustrated and colourfully packaged, Lust is a book that anyone would lust over.

Editor's Note
Preface
Introduction
Desire
Excess
Two Problems from Plato
Stiff Upper Lips
The Christian Panic
The Legacy
What Nature Intended
Some Consequences
Shakespeare versus Dorothy Parker
Hobbesian Unity
Disasters
Substitutions
Evolution and Desire
Overcoming Pessimism
Farewell
Notes
Index

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