Ars Vitae

Ars Vitae

The Fate of Inwardness and the Return of the Ancient Arts of Living

Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn


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• Despite the flood of self-help guides and our current therapeutic culture, feelings of alienation and spiritual longing continue to grip modern society. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn offers a fresh solution: a return to classic philosophy and the cultivation of an inner life.

Ars Vitae examines how Gnosticism, Stoicism, Epicureanism, Cynicism, and Platonism have reappeared in American culture and argues that taken together, they offer a better path toward well-being and happiness than current obsessions with the self.

• Lasch-Quinn’s previous books have been well received by readers, and she will actively promote the book in the media and through events.

Ars Vitae will appeal to intellectual readers with an interest in philosophy or an alternative framework to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.


Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn:

Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn is professor of history at Syracuse University. She is the author of a number of essays and books, including Black Neighbors (winner of the Berkshire prize) and Race Experts.