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Epilogue: Pleasure and Happiness in Plato's <i>Protagoras</i>

Daniel Russell

in Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282845
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602931 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199282846.003.0009
Epilogue: Pleasure and Happiness in Plato's Protagoras

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This chapter focuses on Plato's Protagoras. This dialogue that has received enormous attention in discussions concerning Plato on pleasure because toward the end of the Protagoras Socrates discusses a form of hedonism, on the basis of which he then bases his subsequent argument on the nature of virtue and action. Since this hedonism facilitates his argument, it is natural to conclude that Socrates must endorse it. And, of course, this would mean that Plato, at least at some point in his career, was a hedonist.

Keywords: pleasure; happiness; Socrates; hedonism

Chapter.  5666 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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