Therapy of Desire Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

ISBN-10: 0691141312

ISBN-13: 9780691141312

Edition: 2009 (Revised)

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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 today. This edition features a new introduction by Nussbaum, in which she revisits the themes of this now classic work.
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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

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

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