Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 47$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Brad Inwood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722717

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722717.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 March 2020

Galen on the Therapy of Distress and the Limits of Emotional Therapy

Galen on the Therapy of Distress and the Limits of Emotional Therapy

Chapter:
(p.275) Galen on the Therapy of Distress and the Limits of Emotional Therapy
Source:
Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, Volume 47
Author(s):

David H. Kaufman

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722717.003.0008

In his recently rediscovered On the Freedom from Distress (Περὶἀλυπίας), Galen argues for a sophisticated therapy of distress that incorporates three prominent and, in their original contexts, opposing methods of consolation. Despite their varied origins, the chapter argues that Galen integrates these distinct methods of therapy into a highly original and cogent, multi-tiered therapy of distress. Beyond its considerable interest for the ancient theory of emotional consolation, and for the ancient theory of the emotions more generally, Galen's resulting theory also illuminates several features of his philosophical methodology: most notably, his open-minded and appropriative stance towards other philosophical schools; the role of his own trained experience as a criterion for his philosophical views; and the significance that he places on the nature and upbringing of the audience of his philosophical works.

Keywords:   Galen, emotions, emotional therapy, consolation, Epicureanism, eclecticism, Posidonius, Stoicism, autobiography, heredity

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .