Pleasure and the Good Life

Plato, Aristotle, and the Neoplatonists
Brill (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 13. Mai 2000
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 212 Seiten
978-90-04-11797-6 (ISBN)
All those interested in intellectual history, philosophical ethics, Neoplatonism, as well as philosophers and classical philologists.
  • Englisch
  • Leiden
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  • Niederlande
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • mit Schutzumschlag
  • Höhe: 242 mm
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  • Breite: 165 mm
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  • Dicke: 21 mm
  • 567 gr
978-90-04-11797-6 (9789004117976)
9004117970 (9004117970)
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Gerd van Riel, Ph.D. (1997) in Philosophy, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), is a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (Belgium) at the Leuven Institute of Philosophy. He has published on Plato's Philebus and its influence in ancient philosophy. His articles include Does a Perfect Activity Necessarily Yield Pleasure? in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 7 (1999).
'The book will be a valuable addition to the libraries of, especially, students of later Greek thought.'
Robin Waterfield, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2000.
This volume deals with the general theory of pleasure of Plato and his successors.
The first part describes the two paradigms between which all theories of pleasure oscillate: Plato's definition of pleasure as the repletion of a lack, and Aristotle's view that pleasure is the perfect performance of an activity. After an excursus on Epicureans and Stoics, the book concentrates on Neoplatonism, opposing the 'standard Neoplatonic view' of Plotinus and Proclus to the original viewpoint of Damascius' commentary on Plato's 'Philebus'.
The volume sheds light on the discussion between hedonists and anti-hedonists, by concentrating on the 'crucial point' at which any philosophical analysis of the good life (hedonistic or other) ought to argue that the life of the philosopher is the most desirable, and thus truly pleasurable, life.

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