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On Desire A Married Person Falls Deeply In Love With Someone Else A Man Of Average Income Feels He Cannot Be Truly Happy Unless He Owns An Expensive Luxury Car A Dieter Has An Irresistible Craving For Ice Cream Desires Often Come To Us Unbidden And Unwanted, And They Can Have A Dramatic Impact, Sometimes Changing The Course Of Our Lives In On Desire, William B 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 Spicing His Account With Engaging Observations By Writers Like Seneca, Tolstoy, And Freud, Irvine Considers The Teachings Of Buddhists, Hindus, The Amish, Shakers, And Catholic Saints, As Well As Those Of Ancient Greek And Roman And Modern European Philosophers Irvine Also 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 He Advances A New Theory About How Desire Itself Evolved Irvine Also Suggests That At The Same Time That We Gained The Ability To Desire, We Were Programmed To Find Some Things Desirable Than Others Irvine Concludes That The Best Way To Attain Lasting Happiness Is Not To Change The World Around Us Or Our Place In It, But To Change Ourselves If We Can Convince Ourselves To Want What We Already Have, We Can Dramatically Enhance Our Happiness Brimming With Wisdom And Practical Advice, On Desire Offers A Thoughtful Approach To Controlling Unwanted Passions And Attaining A Meaningful Life.


10 thoughts on “On Desire

  1. says:

    A bit pedestrian if you come to the topic with any background Fun diagrams like The Chain of Desire and The Taxonomy of Desire are a lame attempt at street cred Presents a naive understanding of Buddhism We are ever at odds with our Biological Incentive System BIS , but must we red...


  2. says:

    Discussions about intelligence and cognition frequently omit the role of desire Irvine s book brings desire to the forefront and describes how it works with cognition Irvine does a good job of separating terminal desire for own sake from instrumental desired for the sake of something else desires Terminal desir


  3. says:

    Why do we want what we want William Irvine s On Desire examines the nature of desire, exploring first how profoundly it affects our lives, then surveying psychological inquiries into its basis before at last turning to consider how religions, philosophies, and odd ducks have attempted to grapple with it Irvine is author


  4. says:

    I feel a bit nerdy typing this up at 1 00 a.m on a Saturday night so I can return this book tomorrow on my way to babysitting They re 8 days overdue at the library My favorite philosophy professor reviewed this book and half way through the book I noticed his quip on the back of the book William B Irvine has written a disarmingly


  5. says:

    Seriously good summary of various philosophers takes on why we want what we want No Oprah esque at all, though it does end with a somewhat zen view on recognizing the irrational emotive parts of our desires so that we can influenceif not controlthose desires.Like stumbling on happiness, this is one of those books that lucidly describes cate


  6. says:

    Heard this author on NPR, talking about another book, A Guide to the Good Life The Art of Stoic Joy I read this since the other isn t out in paperback and isn t in the library I liked this one a lot Made me think though I feel like I should have knownof this.


  7. says:

    This was better than I expected, maybe because of the practical self help side of it that I didn t expect not only does Irvine discuss desire, he talks about different methods of dealing with desire, too I think that I ll read it again and continue to find value in it.


  8. says:

    very interesting read It is a keeper in the library for times when i want to rethink my life it could be summarized a bit but on the other side if it was denser maybe it would be too much.


  9. says:

    If you are the kind of person who reads books like this one, then you probably already knew much of what it has to say In brief the book covers stoicism, zen Buddhism, cynicism, epicureanism and various Christian sects However this makes a fine reading experience vivid language, enlightening anecdotes, intriguing little reflections spread throughout it simply is pleasant to hear


  10. says:

    Terrific packaging While there were moments here and there, ultimately I did not fall in love with this The chapter titles were great Throwing the word desire into anything makes it compelling The Evolution of Desire, The Psychology of Desire etc I really felt I hadof an understanding about desire from Buddhist reading stuff than this Anyway I liked this Zen story on page 191 There is a st


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