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The Intrinsic Value of Sense Pleasure and Pain

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/10.1093/0195159616.003.0007
 The Intrinsic Value of Sense Pleasure and Pain

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I interpret and defend Socrates’ account of sensate pleasure and pain. Lovers of sensations (in the Epicurean tradition) will find Socrates’ restriction of pleasure's value to modal (in particular, moral) activity incredible. Nevertheless, I argue (following the Stoic tradition) that the value sensations have, lies not in their being sensations but in their being activities. On my interpretation, the measuring skill of the value of pleasure is idealized Socratic cross‐examination or dialectic.

Keywords: dialectic; Epicureanism; hedonism; Plato; pleasure; Socrates; stoicism; wisdom

Chapter.  6686 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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