Lust by Simon Blackburn
The Seven Deadly Sins

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Lust, says Simon Blackburn, is furtive, headlong, always sizing up opportunities. It is a trail of clothing in the hallway, the trashy cousin of love. But be that as it may, the aim of this delightful book is to rescue lust "from the denunciations of old men of the deserts, to deliver it from the pallid and envious confessor and the stocks and pillories of the Puritans, to drag it from the category of sin to that of virtue."
Blackburn, author of such popular philosophy books as Think and Being Good, here offers a sharp-edged probe into the heart of lust, blending together insight from some of the world's greatest thinkers on sex, human nature, and our common cultural foibles. Blackburn takes a wide ranging, historical approach, discussing lust as viewed by Aristophanes and Plato, lust in the light of the Stoic mistrust of emotion, and the Christian fear of the flesh that catapulted lust to the level of deadly sin. He describes how philosophical pessimists like Schopenhauer and Sartre contributed to our thinking about lust and explores the false starts in understanding lust represented by Freud, Kinsey, and modern "evolutionary psychology." But most important, Blackburn reminds us that lust is also life-affirming, invigorating, fun. He points to the work of David Hume (Blackburn's favorite philosopher) who saw lust not only as a sensual delight but also "a joy of the mind."
Written by one of the most eminent living philosophers, attractively illustrated and colorfully packaged, Lust is a book that anyone would lust over.

About Simon Blackburn

See more books from this Author
Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He was Edna J. Doury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1990 was a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. He is the author of The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy and the best-selling Think and Being Good, among other books.
Published February 12, 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA. 192 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Self Help, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Lust

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A distinguished thinker offers an unabashed defense of everyone's favorite sin, part of Oxford's series on the seven deadlies. Blackburn (The Oxford Dictionary of Ph

Jan 19 2004 | Read Full Review of Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Greed by Phyllis Tickle 112pp, Oxford, £9.99 Lust by Simon Blackburn 166pp, Oxford, £9.99 Envy by Joseph Epstein 136pp, Oxford, £9.99 Gluttony by Francine Prose 128pp, Oxford, £9.99 The doom-mongers who claim we are living in an age of declining moral standards may be wrong, but it is no...

May 15 2004 | Read Full Review of Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

This premise, along with the unquestioned secularism of modern philosophy, leave him free to consider a broad historical range of ideas about lust—from Plato and the Stoics through Augustine and "the Christian Panic" to Sartre and Martha Nussbaum—with care and discernment, but with no real vulner...

| Read Full Review of Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins

Reader Rating for Lust

An aggregated and normalized score based on 12 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review