The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

by Martha C. Nussbaum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691141312

ISBN-13: 9780691141312

Pub. Date: 07/06/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141312
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Edition description:
With a New introduction by the author
Pages:
600
Sales rank:
570,116
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction3
Ch. 1Therapeutic Arguments13
Ch. 2Medical Dialectic: Aristotle on Theory and Practice48
Ch. 3Aristotle on Emotions and Ethical Health78
Ch. 4Epicurean Surgery: Argument and Empty Desire102
Ch. 5Beyond Obsession and Disgust: Lucretius on the Therapy of Love140
Ch. 6Mortal Immortals: Lucretius on Death and the Voice of Nature192
Ch. 7"By Words, Not Arms": Lucretius on Anger and Aggression239
Ch. 8Skeptic Purgatives: Disturbance and the Life without Belief280
Ch. 9Stoic Tonics: Philosophy and the Self-Government of the Soul316
Ch. 10The Stoics on the Extirpation of the Passions359
Ch. 11Seneca on Anger in Public Life402
Ch. 12Serpents in the Soul: A Reading of Seneca's Medea439
Ch. 13The Therapy of Desire484
List of Philosophers and Schools511
Bibliography517
Index Locorum531
General Index550

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