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Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics



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The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics by Martha C. 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Ch. 1Therapeutic Arguments Ch. 2Medical Dialectic: Aristotle on Theory and Practice Ch. 3Aristotle on Emotions and Ethical Health Ch. 4Epicurean Surgery: Argument and Empty Desire Ch. 5Beyond Obsession and Disgust: Lucretius on the Therapy of Love Ch. 6Mortal Immortals: Lucretius on Death and the Voice of Nature Ch. 7"By Words, Not Arms": Lucretius on Anger and Aggression Ch. 8Skeptic Purgatives: Disturbance and the Life without Belief Ch. 9Stoic Tonics: Philosophy and the Self-Government of the Soul Ch. 10The Stoics on the Extirpation of the Passions Ch. 11Seneca on Anger in Public Life Ch. 12Serpents in the Soul: A Reading of Seneca's Medea Ch. 13The Therapy of Desire List of Philosophers and Schools Bibliography Index Locorum General Index
Release date Australia
February 16th, 1996
Country of Publication
United States
New edition
Princeton University Press
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