Chapter

Introduction

George Rudebusch

in Socrates, Pleasure, and Value

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195159615
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159616.003.0001
 Introduction

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This chapter presents the problem that the book solves. The problem is that Socrates in different places argues for three seemingly incompatible theses about the human good: it is pleasure; it is not pleasure; it is virtue. The solution is to harmonize these theses by distinguishing Socrates’ theory of pleasure from competing theories and by identifying virtuous activity with pleasant activity for a human being.

Keywords: Epicurean; hedonism; human good; Kantian; Plato; pleasure; Socrates; stoicism; virtue supremacism

Chapter.  1834 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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