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Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation
     

Emotion and Peace of Mind: From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

by Richard Sorabji
 

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Richard Sorabji presents a ground-breaking study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, Pagan and Christian. While the central focus of the book is the Stoics, Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of how Western thinking about this central aspect of human nature

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Richard Sorabji presents a ground-breaking study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, Pagan and Christian. While the central focus of the book is the Stoics, Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of how Western thinking about this central aspect of human nature developed.

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"...a truly remarkable history of the concept of 'will,' the most informative such history I have seen. Sorbji shows with exceptional clarity the complexity of the classical Greek vocabulary of 'willing,' and the consequences of Latin simplifications. Sorabji's book is an important contribution to the understanding of the history of the conceptualization of human emotions. It will be indispensable for future researchers in this area." —Journal of the History of Philosophy

"Sorabji's book is an insightful and compelling study of the emotions and their role in the psychology of human action and should be considered mandatory reading for anyone doing academic research on the analysis of the emotions in Hellenistic, late antique or early Christian philosophy."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Another brilliant, astounding production, exciting in the breadth of its coverage, terrifying in the scope of its learning.... Rich, provocative, varied, and entertaining"—Tad Brennan, Philosophical Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199256600
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2003
Series:
The Gifford Lectures
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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