Philosophy and the Good Life: Reason and the Passions in Greek, Cartesian, and Psychoanalytic Ethics

Cambridge University Press (1998)
Can philosophy enable us to lead better lives through a systematic understanding of our human nature? John Cottingham's thought-provoking study examines three major philosophical approaches to this problem. Starting with the attempts of Classical philosophers to cope with the recalcitrant forces of the passions, he moves on to examine the moral psychology of Descartes, and concludes by analyzing the insights of modern psychoanalytic theory into the human predicament. His study provides a fresh and challenging perspective on moral philosophy and psychology for students and specialists alike.
Keywords Ethics  Conduct of life  Reason  Emotivism  Ethics, Ancient  Psychoanalysis and philosophy  Psychoanalysis Moral and ethical aspects
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Call number BJ1531.C68 1998
ISBN(s) 0521478901   9780521478908     9780511886638   9780511612237
DOI 10.1093/mind/111.441.92
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'The Only Sure Sign …': Thought and Language in Descartes.John Cottingham - 1997 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 42:29-.
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Descartes' 'Provisional Morality'.Joseph Cimakasky & Ronald Polansky - 2012 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 93 (3):353-372.

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