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Ethical Protagoreanism

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/10.1093/0195159616.003.0003
 Ethical Protagoreanism

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The Gorgias seems to attack hedonism; the Protagoras seems to defend it. The resolution to this apparent inconsistency is to deny that the Gorgias attacks hedonism, in general. I argue that the target attacked in the Gorgias is hedonism of apparent pleasure: an ethical Protagoreanism.

Keywords: akrasia; hedonism; human good; Plato; pleasure; Polus; Protagoreanism; Socrates

Chapter.  5111 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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