Philebus

Philebus

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by Plato
     
 

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The good life, according to Plato, consists of beauty, truth and moderation

The Philebus, as Plato's most deliberate and thorough attempt to describe the good life, may be regarded as the canonical Platonic text on the subject of the way people ought to live - a theme that runs through the majority of the other dialogues. It is one of the earliest

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The good life, according to Plato, consists of beauty, truth and moderation

The Philebus, as Plato's most deliberate and thorough attempt to describe the good life, may be regarded as the canonical Platonic text on the subject of the way people ought to live - a theme that runs through the majority of the other dialogues. It is one of the earliest discussions of ethics - not in the sense of discussing what goodness is, but in the more direct sense of how, as human beings with a particular nature, we can hope to live the good life.

The dialogue dismisses hedonism or the pursuit of pleasure for its own sake, as espoused by Philebus, and establishes the pursuit of knowledge as a higher goal. It also contains methodological and metaphysical passages of considerable profundity and interest.

Robin Waterfield's excellent introduction to this edition contains a detailed analysis of Plato's argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140443950
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/24/1983
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.43(d)

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