J. C. B. Gosling and C. C. W. Taylor

in The Greeks On Pleasure

Published in print December 1982 | ISBN: 9780198246664
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681035 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on the Protagoras, where Plato appears to defend a whole-heartedly hedonistic position. Four main questions which centre on the Protagoras must be answered to have an intelligible picture of the development of Plato's views on pleasure. These are: (i) What view on the relation of pleasure to goodness is maintained by Socrates in the Protagoras? (ii) May that view be supposed to have been that of Plato himself at the time of writing the dialogue? (iii) Is that view consistent with views expressed by Plato in other dialogues? And (iv) In so far as any inconsistency exists, how is it to be accounted for?

Keywords: Plato; Socrates; goodness; pleasure; dialogues; hedonism

Chapter.  9430 words. 

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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