Pleasure in Plato's Phaedo

Philosophy Pathways 151 (2010)

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Kristian Urstad
Douglas College
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What is Plato's view of pleasure in his dialogue the Phaedo? He clearly (and famously) rails against bodily pleasures, seeing them as shackles of sorts which prevent the soul from attaining its proper perfection apart from the body, but does he leave room in the carnate life for some other forms of pleasure? These are some of the questions I would like to try to address in this paper. As it turns out, I argue that Plato does indeed recognize other types of pleasure, of the sort which figure as important items of value in the good life.
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