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On desire : why we want what we want

Author: William Braxton Irvine
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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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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Additional Physical Format: Reproduction of (manifestation):
Irvine, William Braxton, 1952-
On desire.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005005938
(OCoLC)58536694
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Braxton Irvine
ISBN: 9780195327076 0195327071 9780195188622 0195188624
OCLC Number: 945637672
Notes: "First published by Oxford University Press, Inc., 2006"--Title page verso.
"First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2007"--Title page verso.
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.
Other Titles: Why we want what we want
Responsibility: William B. Irvine.

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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 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.

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"A program of illumination whose goal is to help the reader 'master desire.' That human life depends on desire, or is at the least inseparable from it, Irvine does not dispute, but his purpose is not Read more...

 
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