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Lust : Seven Deadly Sins (04 Edition)

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Lust, says Simon Blackburn, is furtive, headlong, always sizing up opportunities. It is a trail of clothing in the hallway, the trashy cousin of love. But be that as it may, the aim of this delightful book is to rescue lust "from the denunciations of old men of the deserts, to deliver it from the pallid and envious confessor and the stocks and pillories of the Puritans, to drag it from the category of sin to that of virtue."

Blackburn, author of such popular philosophy books as Think and Being Good, here offers a sharp-edged probe into the heart of lust, blending together insight from some of the world's greatest thinkers on sex, human nature, and our common cultural foibles. Blackburn takes a wide ranging, historical approach, discussing lust as viewed by Aristophanes and Plato, lust in the light of the Stoic mistrust of emotion, and the Christian fear of the flesh that catapulted lust to the level of deadly sin. He describes how philosophical pessimists like Schopenhauer and Sartre contributed to our thinking about lust and explores the false starts in understanding lust represented by Freud, Kinsey, and modern "evolutionary psychology." But most important, Blackburn reminds us that lust is also life-affirming, invigorating, fun. He points to the work of David Hume (Blackburn's favorite philosopher) who saw lust not only as a sensual delight but also "a joy of the mind."

Written by one of the most eminent living philosophers, attractively illustrated and colorfully packaged, Lust is a book that anyone would lust over.

About the Author

Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He was Edna J. Doury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1990 was a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is the author of The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy and the best-selling Think and Being Good, among other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195312072
Subtitle:
The Seven Deadly Sins
Author:
Blackburn, Simon
Author:
Blackburn, Simon
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Theology | Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Lust
Subject:
Lust -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Edition Description:
berkshire leather burgundy 9874
Series:
Seven Deadly Sins
Publication Date:
20040212
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 color, 8 b/w illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.02x5.00x.55 in. .43 lbs.

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