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Published: 18 June 2007

336 Pages

5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9780195327076

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On Desire

Why We Want What We Want

William B. Irvine

  • Takes the reader 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
  • Offers a thoughtful approach to control unwanted passions, enhance our happiness, and attain a more meaningful life
  • Analyzes what modern science can tell us about desire and advances a new theory about how desire itself evolved
  • Including engaging observations by writers like Seneca, Tolstoy, and Freud, and teachings of Buddhists, Hindus, the Amish, Shakers, and Catholic saints, as well as ancient Greek and Roman and modern European philosophers

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