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Pleasure: A History

Lisa Shapiro


This book challenges received views about pleasures as principally motivating of action, themselves unanalyzable, caused, rather than responsive to reasons, and perhaps because of that, antithetical to rationality by looking to the history of philosophical accounts of pleasure. The book begins by showing how Plato, Aristotle, early Islamic philosophers, and philosophers in the medieval Latin tradition, such as Aquinas, honed in on the challenge unifying the variety of pleasures so that they fall under one concept. In the early modern period, philosophers shift from understanding the logic of p ... More

Keywords: pleasure, psychology, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Islamic philosophy, Malebranche, Berkeley, Kant, Mill

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190225100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190225100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Shapiro, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University