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Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life

Daniel Russell


This book examines Plato's subtle and insightful analysis of pleasure and explores its intimate connections with his discussions of value and human psychology. The book offers a fresh perspective on how good things bear on happiness in Plato's ethics, and shows that for Plato, pleasure cannot determine happiness because pleasure lacks a direction of its own. Plato presents wisdom as a skill of living that determines happiness by directing one's life as a whole, bringing about goodness in all areas of one's life, as a skill brings about order in its materials. The ‘materials’ of the skill of li ... More

Keywords: Plato, ethics, pleasure, materials, happiness, attitude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199282846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Russell, author
Wichita State University, Kansas
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