Academic journal article et Cetera

On Desire: Why We Want What We Want

Academic journal article et Cetera

On Desire: Why We Want What We Want

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William B. Irvine. On Desire: Why We Want What We Want. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

What are our impulses, wants, and needs? Where do these desires come from?

How can we rein in these desires? William D. Irvine, a philosophy professor at Wright State University, explores these and other questions in On Desire: Why We Want What We Want.

In his search for information on desire, Irvine investigates writers like Seneca, Tolstoy, and Freud as well as the teachings of Buddhists, Hindus, the Amish, Shakers, the Catholic saints, ancient Greeks and Romans, and modern European philosophers. (Buddha said "Satisfy the necessity of life like the butterfly that sips the flower, without destroying its fragrance or texture.") He looks at what science can tell us about desire - what happens in the brain when we desire something and how animals evolved particular desires. ("We humans are incentivized. All humans have implanted within us a biological incentive system. …

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