On Desire

On Desire

Why We Want What We Want

Book - 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 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.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780195188622
0195188624
9780195327076
0195327071
Call Number: 128.3 I72o 2006
Characteristics: x, 322 pages ; 19 cm

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