The Therapy Of Desire: Theory And Practice In Hellenistic Ethics
Brand: Princeton University Press

The Therapy Of Desire: Theory And Practice In Hellenistic Ethics

  • Publish Date: 1994-05-02
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Martha Nussbaum

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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.


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