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Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours

Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours Description:

The humours blood phlegm black bile and choler were substances thought to circulate within the body and determine a person s health mood and character For example an excess of black bile was considered a cause of melancholy The theory of humours remained an inexact but powerful tool for centuries surviving scientific changes and offering clarity to physicians br br This one of a kind book follows the fate of these variable and invisible fluids from their Western origin in ancient Greece to their present day versions It traces their persistence from medical guidebooks of the past to current health fads from the testimonies of medical doctors to the theories of scientists physicians and philosophers By intertwining the histories of medicine science psychology and philosophy Noga Arikha revisits and revises how we think about all aspects of our physical mental and emotional selves

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Mélancolie, génie et folie en Occident

Mélancolie, génie et folie en Occident Description:

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Rating: 3.38 out of 5

Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power

Napoleon and the Rebel: A Story of Brotherhood, Passion, and Power Description:

Lucien was the most talented of the Bonaparte brothers who not only can be credited for helping Napoleon seize power but who also had a promising political career of his own He was a romantic an idealist and an anti monarchist whose love for Alexandrine the woman he married in spite of Napoleon s objections caused him to fall out of favor with his powerful brother Here authors Simonetta and Arikha draw from a massive trove of first hand documents allowing them to present a rare detailed portrait of this remarkable dynasty that reveals Emperor Napoleon and his family at their most intimate and vulnerable moments The turbulent relationship between Napoleon and his favorite brother Lucien of whom the emperor said of all my siblings he was the most gifted and the one who hurt me most creates the perfect springboard to illustrate the bloody power struggles romantic idealism and corruption that characterized nineteenth century Europe as well as the rise and fall of the French empire

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Reputation: What It Is and Why It Matters

Reputation: What It Is and Why It Matters Description:

b A compelling exploration of how reputation affects every aspect of contemporary life b br br Reputation touches almost everything guiding our behavior and choices in countless ways But it is also shrouded in mystery Why is it so powerful when the criteria by which people and things are defined as good or bad often appear to be arbitrary Why do we care so much about how others see us that we may even do irrational and harmful things to try to influence their opinion In this engaging book Gloria Origgi draws on philosophy social psychology sociology economics literature and history to offer an illuminating account of an important yet oddly neglected subject br br Origgi examines the influence of the Internet and social media as well as the countless ranking systems that characterize modern society and contribute to the creation of formal and informal reputations in our social relations in business in politics in academia and even in wine She highlights the importance of reputation to the effective functioning of the economy and e commerce Origgi also discusses the existential significance of our obsession with reputation concluding that an awareness of the relationship between our reputation and our actions empowers us to better understand who we are and why we do what we do br br Compellingly written and filled with surprising insights i Reputation i pins down an elusive subject that affects everyone

Rating: 3.70 out of 5