Apeiron 44 (2):191-209 (2011)

Kelly E. Arenson
Duquesne University
In the Philebus, Plato claims that there exists a natural state of organic harmony in which a living organism is neither restored nor depleted. In contrast to many scholars, I argue that this natural state of organic stability differs from a neutral state between pleasure and pain that Plato also discusses in the dialogue: the natural is without any changes to the organism, the neutral is merely without the perception of these changes. I contend that Plato considers the natural state to be unobtainable by human beings, who can only achieve its closest approximation, namely, the neutral state
Keywords Pleasure  Plato  Philebus
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DOI 10.1515/apeiron.2011.013
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