Emotion and Peace of Mind

Emotion and Peace of Mind : From Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation

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Richard Sorabji presents a ground-breaking study of ancient Greek views of the emotions and their influence on subsequent theories and attitudes, pagan and Christian. The key questions are ones that concern everyone: what is emotion, and how does one cope with one's own emotions and establish peace of mind? The central focus of the book is the Stoics, but Sorabji draws on a vast range of texts to give a rich historical survey of how Western thinking about this
central aspect of human nature developed. The result is a magisterial work of scholarship which will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the emotions from a historical or contemporary perspective.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 163 x 242 x 32mm | 869g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198250053
  • 9780198250050

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... the scope of this book is breathtaking. * Gnomon * This volume shows enormous learning and contains a wealth of fascinating information, intriguing interpretations and provocative suggestions ... there is much here to admire and to learn from. The chapter on the development of the concept of the will is subtle, sensitive and illuminating ... an important work, which should interest and stimulate a broad readership for some time to come. * Mind * Another brilliant, astounding production, exciting in the breadth of its coverage, terrifying in the scope of its learning ... rich, provocative, varied, and entertaining. * Tad Brennan, Philosophical Books * Careful, scholarly work on ancient thought which also speaks to contemporary philosophical concerns ... it makes available to a general readership some important quotations from less well-known, but nonetheless important, philosophers from antiquity. Sorabji even includes an index of ancient philosophers by school to help the beginner keep track of all the players in this rich drama. It is a work from which specialists can benefit as well. It includes a splendid
bibliography, as well as a detailed subject index and index locorum. Anyone who has enjoyed and benefited from his work on ancient metaphysics and science will want this book as well. * Australasian Journal of Philosophy * This book will be read with interest by those concerned with the analysis of aesthetic experience, in the theatre and listening to music, for instance. * Times Higher Education Supplement * Richard Sorabji is an enthusiastic exploiter of ancient texts for insights we can use today. * Times Higher Education Supplement * Sorabji's book is a major contribution to research on the analysis of the emotions in classical, Hellenistic and late antique philosophy and should be regarded as essential reading for all scholars with a serious interest in this topic. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
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About Richard Sorabji

Richard Sorabji, CBE, is Research Professor of Philosophy at King's College London, and a Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford; he was previously Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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