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Plato's Ethics$
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Terence Irwin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195086457.001.0001

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Pleasure, Intelligence, and the Good

Pleasure, Intelligence, and the Good

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(p.318) 19 Pleasure, Intelligence, and the Good
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Plato's Ethics
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Terence Irwin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195086457.003.0019

This chapter focuses on how some crucial doctrines of the Republic are then developed in the Philebus. Firstly, the problem of whether pleasure or intelligence is the good in a more articulated way than the one of the Republic is treated. Secondly, the different types of knowledge and their role in the good life are examined. Thirdly, more generally, it is discussed how the Philebus presents a more exhaustive and precise account of what are, in Plato’s view, intelligence, pleasure, and good. Finally, it is underlined how the Philebus is important for understanding the connection between Plato’s and Aristotle’s ethics.

Keywords:   Good, Knowledge, Intelligence, Philebus, Plato, Pleasure

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