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Philosophy as Therapeia

Philosophy as Therapeia

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Christopher Gowans, Michael Hampe, Martin Ganeri, Garry L. Hagberg, Stephen R. L. Clark, Kate Wharton, Jonardon Ganeri, Keith Ansell Pearson, Logi Gunnarsson, David Burton, Jayandra Soni
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  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521165150

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  • 'Empty are the words of that philosopher who offers therapy for no human suffering. For just as there is no use in medical expertise if it does not give therapy for bodily diseases, so too there is no use in philosophy if it does not expel the suffering of the soul.' The philosopher Epicurus gave famous voice to a conception of philosophy as a cure or remedy for the maladies of the human soul. What has not until now received attention is just how prominent an idea this has been across a whole spectrum of philosophical tradition. Philosophy as Therapeia presents a collection of papers by leading scholars, providing a new reading of the history of philosophy, one which perhaps contradicts those who have wanted to maintain that philosophy is a peculiarly European cultural product, and instead affirms its identity as a global intellectual practice.

    • New essays from leading scholars that reflect developments in current scholarship
    • Focuses on an area of philosophy that has, until now, received little attention
    • Provides a new reading of the history of philosophy
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    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521165150
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Medical analogies in Buddhist and Hellenistic thought: tranquillity and anger Christopher Gowans
    2. Rationality as the therapy of self-liberation in Spinoza's Ethics Michael Hampe
    3. Two pedagogies for happiness: healing goals and healing methods in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas and the Śrÿ Bhāya of Rāmānuja Martin Ganeri
    4. The thinker and the draughtsman: Wittgenstein, perspicuous relations, and 'working on oneself' Garry L. Hagberg
    5. Therapy and theory reconstructed: Plato and his successors Stephen R. L. Clark
    6. The teacher as mother or midwife? A comparison of Brahminical and Socratic methods of education Kate Wharton
    7. A return to the self: Indians and Greeks on life as art and philosophical therapy Jonardon Ganeri
    8. For mortal souls: philosophy and therapeia in Nietzsche's Dawn Keith Ansell Pearson
    9. The philosopher as pathogenic agent, patient and therapist: the case of William James Logi Gunnarsson
    10. Curing diseases of belief and desire: Buddhist philosophical therapy David Burton
    11. Pataňjali's yoga as therapeia Jayandra Soni

  • Editors

    Clare Carlisle, University of Liverpool

    Jonardon Ganeri, University of Sussex


    Christopher Gowans, Michael Hampe, Martin Ganeri, Garry L. Hagberg, Stephen R. L. Clark, Kate Wharton, Jonardon Ganeri, Keith Ansell Pearson, Logi Gunnarsson, David Burton, Jayandra Soni

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