The Therapy of Desire - Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

Author(s): Martha C. Nussbaum


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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  • : 9780691000527
  • : Princeton University Press
  • : Princeton University Press
  • : April 1996
  • : 1.17 Inches X 6 Inches X 9 Inches
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  • : Martha C. Nussbaum
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 576