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Trials of ReasonPlato and the Crafting of Philosophy$
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David Wolfsdorf

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327328

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327328.001.0001

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(p.29) 2 Desire
Trials of Reason

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This chapter explains how arguments in Meno, Protagoras, and Lysis present a coherent conception of desire. Furthermore, it is argued that the much discussed passage at Gorgias 466–68 is hermeneutically insignificant for the early dialogues' conception of desire. Finally, the chapter examines salient forms of antiphilosophical desire among the texts: philotimia (love of honor) and philhêdonia (love of pleasure).

Keywords:   desire, akrasia, apparent good, philotimia, philhêdonia

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