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