A Compassionate Philosophy: Medical Ethics in the Hellenistic Tradition (Stoics, Epicureics and Skeptics)

It is a pleasure to revisit old favorites. I liked Marta Nussbaum’s book at the first reading. I like it even more today, more than two decades after it was published. It is a good introductory book; and I am sure many of you will agree with me that it is the perfect book to teach to students (whether you teach ethics, history of philosophy, or philosophy 101). Imagine what it is to teach the history of Hellenistic ethics in a way that makes it immediately relevant to our students of today. In fact, in many universities this model has caught up a while ago (partly precisely because of this book). But I am coming from a university where history of philosophy (ethics included) is still history of philosophy.