Freedom in the Philebus

This paper explores a possible Platonic grounding of human freedom in the Philebus. The Philebus presents a particularly intruiging account of the humangood and freedom alike in terms of the right relation of nous and pleasure. Through a close analysis of key passages in this dialogue I show how Plato conceives of freedom in terms of the intellect’s ordering and directing of desire and pleasure to genuinely fulfilling ends. The greatest fulfillment of desire comes together with the purest pleasure in the highest actualization of reason in lifelong philosophic activity: the mixed life and good life for human beings
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Conference Proceedings  History of Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/acpaproc2007811
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