Hedonism and the Pleasureless Life in Plato's Philebus

Phronesis 45 (4):257-283 (2000)
This paper re-evaluates the role that Plato confers to pleasure in the Philebus. I argue that the mixed life of pleasure and intelligence is presented in the Philebus as a first best and not just as a second best for humans, and that, accordingly, Socrates proposes to incorporate-rather than reject-pleasure as one of the intrinsically desirable aspects of the happy life. (edited)
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DOI 10.1163/156852800510225
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