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With a personal , you can read up to articles each month for free. Already have an ? Log in. Log in through your institution. This paper re-evaluates the role that Plato confers to pleasure in the "Philebus. Thus, scholars such as D. Frede have taken the "mixed life" of pleasure and intelligence initially submitted in the "Philebus" to be conceded by Socrates only as a remedial good, second to a life of neutral condition, where one would experience no pleasure and pain.
Even more strongly, scholars such as Irwin have seen the "Philebus'" arguments against false pleasures as an actual attack on hedonism, showing -- in Irwin's words -- "why maximization of pleasure cannot be a reasonable policy for the best life. Thus, I offer alternative readings of controversial passages that have given rise to the prevalent interpretation criticized here, and advance positive evidence that at least some pleasures are seen by Plato as inherently good. In addition, I demonstrate that Plato's arguments against false pleasures do not by themselves constitute an attack on hedonism.
Rather, they can be seen as a strategy to show the hedonist that, in order to be a maximal, or even a consistent, hedonist, he should go for true, and not fake pleasures, if after all pleasure is the object of his pursuit. But, since this cannot be achieved without intelligence, then the mixed life of pleasure and intelligence is to be accepted even by hedonist themselves. Founded in , Phronesis has become the most authoritative scholarly journal for the study of ancient Greek and Roman thought ancient philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of science and medicine from its origins down to the end of the sixth century A.
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Custom alerts when new content is added. Abstract This paper re-evaluates the role that Plato confers to pleasure in the "Philebus. Journal Information Founded in , Phronesis has become the most authoritative scholarly journal for the study of ancient Greek and Roman thought ancient philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of science and medicine from its origins down to the end of the sixth century A.Seeking pure pleasure
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