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Education of desire: moderation or reinforcement?

Libro: Desire and human flourishing. Perspectives from positive psychology, Moral education and virtue ethics
Editorial: Ed. Springer
Fecha de publicación: 2020
Página Inicial - Final: 121 - 134
ISBN: 978-3-030-47000-5
Resumen: Desire is a key feature for understanding human beings, but there are different conceptions of its nature and its role in human life. Modern thinkers tend to understand desire as a force that must be regulated, whereas classical philosophy proposes ways of integrating and harmonizing desires in the context of the whole life. Christian early thinkers argued that our desire tends toward an infinite good whose pursuit implies an always-open personal growth. From this perspective, the integration of human desires can no longer be seen as mere limitation or regulation. In this context, it is possible to understand the classical notions of habit and virtue as a kind of personal growth, which includes growth in one¿s capacity for desire. However, the question arises of how to reconcile this perpetual growth with the pursuit of happiness and peace.