The Therapy of Desire

The Therapy of Desire

Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

Book - 1994
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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.


Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1994.
ISBN: 9780691033426
0691033420
Branch Call Number: 170.938 Nussbaum
Characteristics: xiv, 558 p. ;,25 cm.

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