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Socrates, Pleasure, and Value

George Rudebusch


This book argues that the Socrates of the Apology, Crito, Protagoras, Gorgias, and Republic 1 can consistently and compellingly speak of pleasure and virtue as the good for human beings by identifying pleasant with virtuous activity for a human being (ch. 10). The argument is as follows: Socrates (in the Protagoras and Gorgias) can consistently and compellingly speak of pleasure as the good for human beings (chs. 3–5). Socrates’ hedonism can be interpreted to be a compelling theory of modal, not sensate pleasure (chs. 6 and 7). Socrates (in the Apology, Crito, Gorgias, and Republic 1) can cons ... More

Keywords: aporia, happiness, hedonism, human good, Plato, pleasure, Socrates, virtue, virtue supremacism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195159615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195159616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Rudebusch, author
University of Arizona
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