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Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life$
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Daniel Russell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282845

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199282846.001.0001

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Pleasure as a Conditional Good in the Phaedo

Pleasure as a Conditional Good in the Phaedo

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(p.77) 3 Pleasure as a Conditional Good in the Phaedo
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Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199282846.003.0004

This chapter begins with a discussion of the view that Plato defends asceticism in the Phaedo. It argues that this view rests on the mistaken assumption that, for Plato, pleasure is bad in its own right, and not in virtue of one's giving it the wrong place in one's life. It is also argued that in the Phaedo, Plato also rejects the hedonist view that pleasure is the good, since taking pleasure to be the good is incompatible with the sorts of priorities one needs in order to make any kind of good out of pleasure in the first place. The chapter concludes by showing how the notion of a conditional good affords a new and richer understanding of Plato's discussion of pleasure and value in the Phaedo.

Keywords:   pleasure, good life, Plato, virtue, hedonist view

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