'Empty are the phrases of that thinker who deals remedy for no human agony. For simply as there isn't any use in clinical services if it doesn't provide remedy for physically illnesses, so too there is not any use in philosophy if it doesn't expel the discomfort of the soul.' The thinker Epicurus gave well-known voice to a belief of philosophy as a therapy or therapy for the maladies of the human soul. What has now not formerly bought awareness is simply how widespread an concept this has been throughout a complete spectrum of philosophical culture. Philosophy as Therapeia provides a set of papers by means of prime students, offering a brand new interpreting of the background of philosophy, one that might be contradicts those that have desired to keep that philosophy is a mainly ecu cultural product, and in its place affirms its id as an international highbrow perform.
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To which any tranquillity philosophy implies an answer. Insofar as tranquillity as a condition mostly or entirely free from anger is regarded as necessary for living a good human life, some stance with respect to virtue has already been taken. 56 Both Buddhism and Stoicism directly reject 55 See Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Scepticism, p. 16–17). For example, see Nussbaum, The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics, p. 403, and Martha Nussbaum, Upheavals of 56 28 Medical Analogies in Buddhist and Hellenistic Thought this: they maintain that the virtuous response to wrongdoing is free of anger.
Since this volume is devoted not to Spinoza but to therapeutic philosophy, a brief excursus on the life and work of this unusual modern philosopher may be of use before we go on to consider his philosophical therapy. Spinoza was born in Amsterdam on 24 November 1632, the third child of Miguel Despinoza, a Portuguese merchant, and his second wife Deborah. The descendant of Jews forcibly converted in Spain and Portugal during the 15th century (known as marranos), he spoke Portuguese as his first language.
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