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A comprehensive tour of the religious and philosophical views on desire
on 19 October 2016
I came across this book by complete accident - i.e. by Googling my own name, 'William F Irvine', just to see what came up. Discovering that my namesake is a Philosophy Professor (I have a degree in the same subject and am particularly interested in the area of desire) I couldn't NOT buy a copy. I enjoyed William B Irvine's comprehensive tour of the religious and philosophical views on the subject, particularly the Stoics'. I also enjoyed his explanations on desire's biological/psychological origins. However, I was disappointed that the book didn't explore or offer much in terms of approaches either for harnessing or reining in desire or its corollary, anxiety- key questions that interest me.
William F Irvine - Author of The Polygamist, a novel exploring love, sex, marriage and the nature of desire