The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 373 pages
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"Spanning twenty four centuries, this anthology collects over thirty selections from important Western writing about melancholy and related conditions by philosophers, doctors, religious and literary figures, and modern psychologists. It reveals a conversation across centuries and continents as the authors interpret, respond to, and build on each other's work. Truly interdisciplinary, it is the first collection of original texts on melancholy, melancholia, and depression." "Arranged historically and accompanied by introductory notes for the general reader, the selections emphasize conceptual questions about the nature of melancholic states, their definition, classification, and alleged causal origin, as well as their characteristic signs, symptoms, and subjectivity. Among the selections are writings by such diverse authors as Galen, Hildegard of Bingen, Weyer, Rush, Keats, Baudelaire, Kraepelin, Freud, and Beck. This up-to-date collection presents recent authoritative translations of works either long out of print in English or never before translated into English." "This anthology will be an excellent text for courses in psychology, philosophy of mind, medicine, social work, women's studies, and cultural studies. The Nature of Melancholy will also be fruitful reading for those who suffer from depression, as well as their families, care-givers, clinicians, and therapists."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Radden (philosophy, Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) presents a compelling and accessible history of the identifying and describing Western thinkers have applied to the titular emotional disposition ... Read full review

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Contents

III
55
IV
61
V
69
VI
75
VII
79
VIII
87
IX
95
X
107
XXII
219
XXIII
223
XXIV
231
XXV
235
XXVI
239
XXVII
259
XXVIII
281
XXIX
297

XI
119
XII
129
XIII
157
XIV
161
XVI
167
XVII
173
XVIII
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XIX
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XX
203
XXI
211
XXX
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XXXI
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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XXXV
345
XXXVI
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XXXVII
361
XXXVIII
369
XXXIX
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Jennifer Radden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

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