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On desire : why we want what we want

Author: William Braxton Irvine
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Desires often come to us unbidden and unwanted, and they can have a dramatic impact, sometimes changing the course of our lives. Philosopher Irvine takes us on a wide-ranging tour of our impulses, wants, and needs, showing us where these feelings come from and how we can try to rein them in. Irvine considers the teachings of religion as well as ancient and modern philosophers, looks at what modern science can tell  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Braxton Irvine
ISBN: 0195188624 9780195188622 9780195327076 0195327071
OCLC Number: 58536694
Awards: Winner of Winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006.
Description: x, 322 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
pt. 1. The secret life of desire --
1. The ebb and flow of desire --
2. Other people --
pt. 2. The science of desire --
3. Mapping our desires --
4. The wellsprings of desire --
5. The psychology of desire --
6. The evolution of desire --
7. The biological incentive system --
pt. 3. Dealing with our desires --
8. The human condition --
9. Religious advice --
10. Religious advice continued : Protestant sects --
11. Philosophical advice --
12. The eccentrics --
13. Conclusions --
Notes --
Works cited --
Index.
Responsibility: William B. Irvine.
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Irvine looks at what modern science can tell about desire--what happens in the brain when one desires something and how animals evolved particular desires. He suggests that people who can convince  Read more...

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