The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (Martin Classical Lectures)

The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (Martin Classical Lectures)

Martha C. Nussbaum

Language: English

Pages: 584

ISBN: 0691141312

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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