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Socrates, Pleasure, and Value$
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George Rudebusch

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195159615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195159616.001.0001

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Callicles Refuted

Callicles Refuted

Chapter:
(p.53) Five Callicles Refuted
Source:
Socrates, Pleasure, and Value
Author(s):

George Rudebusch (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195159616.003.0005

It is of the highest importance to Plato to refute Callicles’ hedonist thesis, and for the purposes of such a refutation, he gives two arguments, which I call the argument from opposites (495e–497d) and the argument from pleased cowards (497d–499a). I give a new interpretation of these arguments and show that both arguments are defensible.

Keywords:   Callicles, hedonism, human good, immoralism, Plato, pleasure, Socrates

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