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Callicles Refuted

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/10.1093/0195159616.003.0005
 Callicles Refuted

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It is of the highest importance to Plato to refute Callicles’ hedonist thesis, and for the purposes of such a refutation, he gives two arguments, which I call the argument from opposites (495e–497d) and the argument from pleased cowards (497d–499a). I give a new interpretation of these arguments and show that both arguments are defensible.

Keywords: Callicles; hedonism; human good; immoralism; Plato; pleasure; Socrates

Chapter.  4287 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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