Journal of Ancient Philosophy (2009)

Authors
Kristian Urstad
Douglas College
Abstract
For many of the ancient Greek philosophers, the ethical life was understood to be closely tied up with important notions like rational integrity, self-control, self-sufficiency, and so on. Because of this, feeling or passion (pathos), and in particular, pleasure, was viewed with suspicion. There was a general insistence on drawing up a sharp contrast between a life of virtue on the one hand and one of pleasure on the other. While virtue was regarded as rational and as integral to advancing one’s well-being or happiness and safeguarding one’s autonomy, pleasure was viewed as largely irrational and as something that usually undermines a life of reason, self-control and self-sufficiency. I want to try to show that the hedonist Aristippus of Cyrene, a student and contemporary of Socrates, was unique in not drawing up such a sharp contrast. Aristippus, I argue, might be seen to be challenging the conception of passion and pleasure connected to loss of self-control and hubristic behavior. Not only do I try to show that pleasure according to Aristippus is much more comprehensive or inclusive than it is usually taken to be, but that a certain kind of control and self-possession actually play an important part in his conception of pleasure and in his hedonism as a whole.
Keywords Cyrenaics
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.11606/issn.1981-9471.v3i1p1-22
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,668
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Plato’s Ethics.Terence Irwin - 1995 - Oxford University Press.
Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates.George Grote - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
A History of Greek Philosophy.W. K. C. Guthrie - 1962 - Cambridge University Press.

View all 21 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Heracles the Philosopher.Christopher Moore - 2017 - Classical Quarterly 67 (1):27-48.
Un extranjero en su propia tierra: Aristipo como modelo del Ápolisaristotélico.María Florencia Zayas - 2013 - Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 18:124-147.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-06-22

Total views
58 ( #160,312 of 2,331,838 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #194,788 of 2,331,838 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes