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Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life

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ISBN-10: 0199229791

ISBN-13: 9780199229796

Edition: 2007

Authors: Daniel Russell

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Daniel Russell examines Plato's subtle and insightful analysis of pleasure and explores its intimate connections with his discussions of value and human psychology. Russell 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 living are, in the first instance, not things like money or health, but one's attitudes,…    
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Daniel Russell is a professor and Chairman in the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh.

Introduction: Pleasure and the Good Life
Goodness and the Good Life: The Euthydemus
Pleasure, Virtue, and Happiness in the Gorgias
Pleasure as a Conditional Good in the Phaedo
Pleasure and Moral Psychology in Republic IV and IX
The Philebus, Part 1: Virtue, Value, and 'Likeness to God'
The Philebus, Part 2: Pleasure Transformed, or How the Necessity of Pleasure for Happiness is Consistent with the Sufficiency of Virtue for Happiness
Pleasure, Value, and Moral Psychology in the Republic, Laws, and Timaeus
Epilogue: Pleasure and Happiness in Plato's Protagoras
Index Locorum
General Index