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The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

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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.

Synopsis:

"Filled with many beautifully written and powerful passages, this book will provoke lively discussion among specialists and show nonspecialists how much there is to be gained from a serious study of this period."--Brad Inwood, University of Toronto

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691033426
Subtitle:
Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics
Author:
Nussbaum, Martha Craven
Author:
Nussbaum, Martha C.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
Ethics, greek
Subject:
Emotions (philosophy)
Subject:
History & Surveys - Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Philosophy
Copyright:
Series:
Martin Classical Lectures
Publication Date:
19940522
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 35 oz

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"Filled with many beautifully written and powerful passages, this book will provoke lively discussion among specialists and show nonspecialists how much there is to be gained from a serious study of this period."--Brad Inwood, University of Toronto

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