Therapy of Desire - Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

ISBN-10: 0691000522

ISBN-13: 9780691000527

Edition: 1996

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The Epicureans, Skeptics, and Stoics practiced philosophy not as a detached intellectual discipline, but as a worldly art of grappling with issues of daily and urgent human significance: the fear of death, love and sexuality, anger and aggression. Like medicine, philosophy to them was a rigorous science aimed both at understanding and at producing the flourishing of human life. In this engaging book, Martha Nussbaum examines texts of philosophers committed to a therapeutic paradigm--including Epicurus, Lucretius, Sextus Empiricus, Chrysippus, and Seneca--and recovers a valuable source for our moral and political thought of today.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/7/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Therapeutic Arguments
Medical Dialectic: Aristotle on Theory and Practice
Aristotle on Emotions and Ethical Health
Epicurean Surgery: Argument and Empty Desire
Beyond Obsession and Disgust: Lucretius on the Therapy of Love
Mortal Immortals: Lucretius on Death and the Voice of Nature
"By Words, Not Arms": Lucretius on Anger and Aggression
Skeptic Purgatives: Disturbance and the Life without Belief
Stoic Tonics: Philosophy and the Self-Government of the Soul
The Stoics on the Extirpation of the Passions
Seneca on Anger in Public Life
Serpents in the Soul: A Reading of Seneca's Medea
The Therapy of Desire
List of Philosophers and Schools
Bibliography
Index Locorum
General Index
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