The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

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Princeton University Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 558 pages
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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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We don't normally include the Hellenistic schools of thought -- Epicureanism, Skepticism, Stoicism -- in political theory. Nussbaum takes them on and defines them as therapeutic paradigms that provide a powerful basis for us to engage in both moral and political thought.. Read full review

THE THERAPY OF DESIRE: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics

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A scholarly and beautifully written account of late Greek and Roman thought in which Nussbaum (Philosophy, Classics, and Comparative Literature/Brown Univ.) analyzes the use of philosophical argument ... Read full review

About the author (1996)

Martha C. Nussbaum is Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Her writings include Aristotle's "De Motu Animalium" (Princeton), The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy, and Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature.

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