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Irvine, William Braxton 1952-

Overview
Works: 37 works in 149 publications in 6 languages and 8,551 library holdings
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BF575.D4, 128.3
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Most widely held works by William Braxton Irvine
On desire : why we want what we want by William Braxton Irvine( )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 us about desire--what happens in the brain when we desire something and how animals evolved particular desires--and advances a new theory about how desire itself evolved. Brimming with wisdom and practical advice, On Desire offers a thoughtful approach to controlling unwanted passions and attaining a more meaningful life.--From publisher description
A guide to the good life : the ancient art of Stoic joy by William Braxton Irvine( )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a road map for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable firsthand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. We learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have." "Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows us how to become thoughtful observers of our own lives. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life."--Jacket
Aha! : the moments of insight that shape our world by William Braxton Irvine( )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 1,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why do "aha moments" strike us suddenly? Why do they so often come to us when we are focused on something completely unrelated? And when great ideas "come to" us, where do they come from? In Aha!: The Moments of Insight that Shape Our World, philosopher William B. Irvine explores these epiphanies, from the minor insights that strike us all daily, to the major realizations that alter the course of history. Focusing on aha moments as they take place in five different domains--religion, morality, science, math, and art--Irvine provides case studies that shed light on the different ways epiphanies happen in the different domains, and on their differing social impact. Along the way, he describes some of the great aha moments in history, from ancient times to the present day. We like to think that our greatest thoughts are the product of our conscious mind. Irvine demonstrates, though, that it is our unconscious mind that is the source of our most significant insights, and that the role the conscious mind plays in eliciting these insights is to try, unsuccessfully, to solve certain problems. Only if the conscious mind is willing to do this--and thereby experience considerable frustration--is the unconscious mind likely to reward it with a breakthrough insight--that the conscious mind will then take credit for. Irvine explores not only the neuroscience of aha moments but also their personal and social ramifications. How does a person respond to having a breakthrough insight that goes against a dominant paradigm? And how does the world respond when she shares that insight? He shows that in many cases, what is most remarkable about those who have had the great insights of human history is not their brilliance but their courage and perseverance in fighting for the world to accept them"--
A slap in the face : why insults hurt-and why they shouldn't by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them, examining not just memorable zingers, such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person," but subtle insults as well, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us: "I never read bad reviews about myself," wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults-by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech-but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us
You : a natural history by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

10 editions published in 2018 in English and German and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are you? Obviously, you are a person with human ancestors that can be plotted on a family tree, but you have other identities as well. According to evolutionary biologists, you are a member of the species Homo sapiens and as such have ancestral species that can be plotted on the tree of life. According to microbiologists, you are a collection of cells, each of which has a cellular ancestry that goes back billions of years. A geneticist, though, will think of you primarily as a gene-replication machine and might produce a tree that reveals the history of any given gene. And finally, a physicist will give a rather different answer to the identity question: you can best be understood as a collection of atoms, each of which has a very long history. Some have been around since the Big Bang, and others are the result of nuclear fusion that took place within a star. Not only that, but most of your atoms belonged to other living things before joining you. From your atoms' point of view, then, you are just a way station on a multibillion-year-long journey
The politics of parenting by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Politics of Parenting examines the relationship between children, their parents, and the state by asking three questions: Who should be allowed to procreate? Who should be allowed to raise children? and, To what extent should the government regulate parental behavior?" "The Politics of Parenting completes the task begun in Irvine's Doing Right by Children, in which he examined the moral obligations of parenthood and argued that parents should not act as owners of their children, but as stewards who care for their children's best interests. In this volume, he considers the extent to which the government should force parents to do right by their children."--Jacket
Doing right by children : reflections on the nature of childhood and the obligations of parenthood by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Doing Right by Children examines our changing views on the obligations of parenthood and considers a number of questions. What characteristics are desirable in a parent? What family structure best serves the interests of children? Is childhood innocence worth preserving? What should our goals be in raising children? When is someone morally justified in bringing a child into existence? The answers to these questions will be of interest not just to parents, but to anyone who laments the decline of childhood in America."--Jacket
The stoic challenge : a philosopher's guide to becoming tougher, calmer, and more resilient by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some people bounce back in response to setbacks; others break. Irvine combines key lessons from the ancient Stoics with modern psychological techniques to develop a surprisingly simple strategy for dealing with life's unpleasant surprises. By using the updated Stoic strategy, we can transform life's setbacks into opportunities for becoming calmer, tougher, and more resilient. -- adapted from jacket
Musonius Rufus : lectures & sayings by C Musonius Rufus( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On desire by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu tan tao le yu wang ru he ji wei shen me chan sheng, Yu wang ru he ying xiang wo men de sheng huo ji ru he dui qi jin xing kong zhi
A slap in the face : how to live in a world of snubs, put-downs, and insults by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

N A Slap in the Face, William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He offers advice, based primarily on the writings of the Stoic philosophers, on how best to curb our own insulting tendencies and how to respond to the insults that are directed our way. A rousing follow-up to The Good Life, A Slap in the Face will interest anyone who's ever delivered an insult or felt the sting of one--in other words, everyone
Lectures and Sayings by C Musonius Rufus( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yu wang jie pou shi : Why we want what we want by Er fan( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Chinese and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The private video library : a bright beginning, an uncertain future by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Por qué duelen los insultos by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Insults are a part of our everyday lives. But, why do we insult one another? Why do they hurt the recipient? How can we overcome the tendency to offend others? This book is a comprehensive research on a phenomenon whose importance is greater than we realize. The author shows the role that insults play in relationships and social dynamics. He exposes how, over time, culture has faced this form of aggression by codes of politeness and prohibitions. The book also includes the mechanisms by which it is possible to face these insults and keep them from causing pain."--Amazon.com
Sobre el deseo por qué queremos lo que queremos by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in Spanish and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A slap in the face : why insults hurt--and why they shouldn't by William Braxton Irvine( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Insults are part of the fabric of daily life. But why do we insult each other' Why do insults cause us such pain' Can we do anything to prevent or lessen this pain' Most importantly, how can we overcome our inclination to insult others'In A Slap in the Face, William Irvine undertakes a wide-ranging investigation of insults, their history, the role they play in social relationships, and the science behind them. He examines not just memorable zingers, such as Elizabeth Bowen's description of Aldous Huxley as "The stupid person's idea of a clever person," but subtle insults as well, such as when someone insults us by reporting the insulting things others have said about us: "I never read bad reviews about myself," wrote entertainer Oscar Levant, "because my best friends invariably tell me about them." Irvine also considers the role insults play in our society: they can be used to cement relations, as when a woman playfully teases her husband, or to enforce a social hierarchy, as when a boss publicly berates an employee. He goes on to investigate the many ways society has tried to deal with insults-by adopting codes of politeness, for example, and outlawing hate speech-but concludes that the best way to deal with insults is to immunize ourselves against them: We need to transform ourselves in the manner recommended by Stoic philosophers. We should, more precisely, become insult pacifists, trying hard not to insult others and laughing off their attempts to insult us. A rousing follow-up to A Guide to the Good Life, A Slap in the Face will interest anyone who's ever delivered an insult or felt the sting of one-in other words, everyone
The parts of speech: an easy grammar for beginners by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

3 editions published in 1883 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sheng ming an ning : si duo ge zhe xue de sheng huo yi shu by Er fan( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Chinese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu gong fen si bu fen, Bao kuo si duo ge zhu yi de xing qi, Si duo ge zhu yi de xin li ji qiao, Si duo ge zhu yi de zhong gao, Si duo ge zhu yi zai xian dai sheng huo zhong
With two oars : reflections on sculling by William Braxton Irvine( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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