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'Empty are the phrases of that thinker who bargains treatment for no human pain. For simply as there's no use in scientific services if it doesn't provide treatment for physically illnesses, so too there's no use in philosophy if it doesn't expel the discomfort of the soul.' The thinker Epicurus gave recognized voice to a belief of philosophy as a healing or therapy for the maladies of the human soul. What has now not before acquired consciousness is simply how famous an concept this has been throughout a complete spectrum of philosophical culture. Philosophy as Therapeia offers a set of papers through best students, supplying a brand new studying of the background of philosophy, one that maybe contradicts those that have desired to retain that philosophy is a chiefly ecu cultural product, and as a substitute affirms its id as a world highbrow perform.

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Human beings are judged as well, for statements or actions that invite such evaluations, though the terms used may be different: a person may be described as truthful and virtuous, clever and happy. Epistemology and ethics – the theories that justify theoretical and practical judgements – may address not only the criteria used to assess states of belief, assertions, knowledge and the like, actions, omissions and feelings, but also the people that give rise to them. Nowadays, the issue of when and how a human being becomes clever, truthful, good or happy is less a matter of philosophy and more a question for religion, psychology and pedagogy.

51 Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Scepticism, p. 280). 52 Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Scepticism, p. 280–81). 53 Sextus Empiricus, Outlines of Scepticism, p. 188). 24 Medical Analogies in Buddhist and Hellenistic Thought striking, it does nothing to alleviate philosophical worries about relying on beliefs and arguments to reach a stance in which no beliefs and arguments are maintained (as well as worries about the cogency of this stance). Both the medical analogies employed by Sextus emphasize the instrumental role of argument in bringing about suspension of belief rather than the importance of argument as a means of attaining truth.

Because Spinoza conceived his Ethics as a way of leaving behind suffering and moving towards happiness, he must have acknowledged the suffering of individuals as genuine. 15 Because of its psycho-physical parallelism, every state of mind – including error – has a physical counterpart. The difficult question is whether individuality can be more than suffering, error, and the physical body’s lack of skill or capacity for survival. Possibly not. Perhaps, for Spinoza, the abolition of contingent individuality is the price of happiness and the aim of therapy.

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