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Philebus by Plato

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.

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ISBN-13: 9781421893907
Publisher: 1st World Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Plato (428/427 or 424/423 BC - 348/347 BC) was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece and an influential figure in philosophy.Benjamin Jowett (15 April 1817 - 1 October 1893) was renowned theologian and translator of Plato.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the Tribe of Flowing Winds. We are like the Tribe of Rushing Water, but we have some different positions. I will rank them highest rankked to lowest ranked. <br> <p> Leader: Dawn of Dancing Skys (Dawn) <br> Stoneteller (Teller of Pointed Stones): none chosen. This cat will take role as medicine cat, but also deputy <br> Prey-Hunters: none yet <br> Cave-Gaurds: none yet <br> Elders: none. Will need some eventually <br> <p> As you probably know, these cats live in a cave behind a waterfall in the mountains. They hunt hares, eagles, and hawks, but can catch almost anything else that the four clans hunt. Now I will give you the responsibilites of the ranks. <br> <p> Leader: Isn't it obvious? <br> Stoneteller: healer and deputy <br> Prey-Hunters: hunting for the tribe. I will send out patrols every day, how many depends on the season and the size of the tribe <br> Cave-Gaurds: gaurd the cave from invaders. Will hunt if needed. These cats will be sent on Border Patrols <br> Elders: retired prey-hunters and cave-gaurds <br> <p> Please post your bios here. They should include the name, age, rank, personality, history, kin, and description. I will give you a model. <br> <p> Name: Dawn of Dancing Skys (Dawn)/Age: 16 moons/gender: she-cat/rank: leader. Used to be a prey-hunter/personality: caring, kind, avoids settling problems with fights, but is an unstoppable warrior when it comes down to it. She will accept all cats into this tribe/history: maybe later/description: silver with gold pelt, her paws are an amber color. She has a long, slender build, built for running in all terrains. Can outrun almost any cat. Her eyes are a striking jay blue. Her legs are well musled. Her right front paw is different then the rest. Her paw starts as amber, then as you go up, bands break apart and twist around her leg. The band get further and further apart until her shoulder, which is where the bands turn to the golden color. That gold fur comes together and wraps itself over her shoulder and between her right legs. The rest of her is silver/other: ask me!|&bull;| <br> <p> Okay, now the main camp will be at result three until further notice. Thank you for joining! <br> <p> From, <br> Dawn of Dancing Skys (leader)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She lays down beside him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Silent Whisper Of Forest (Silent) Age: 15 moons Gender: she cat Appearence: Grey she cat with a white underbelly and white paws, blue eyes Personality: Kind, welcoming, yet often stubborn and quick to judge Family: Mother is Glow Of Stars At Night, Father is White Glisten Of Snow In Sun, no littermates History: Named after the first thing her mother saw. Mother carried away by eagle two moons after giving birth, father died naurally Rank: un decided, hopes to be cave guard if not Stoneteller
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Cloud Pierced By The Sun (Cloud) Gender: shecat Age: 17 moons Description: golden fur with splotches of dappled gray. Green eyes. Rank: prey hunter Personality: meet me! Mate: wanted Crush: won't tell Kits: wanted Kin: Wind That Whistles Through Peaks (mother), Snow Floating From Blackened Sky (Father), Mouse Escaping Through Tunnels (brother) History: parents were outcast from a now dead tribe. A moon after her mother gave birth, her father was killed by a mountain lion. Devastated, her mother endured a moon more of her life before throwing herself off a cliff, killing herself and leaving two two moon old kits alone in the mountains. Brother was killed by a hawk, but Cloud found refuge in an abandon cave, feeding off the remains of birds of prey's kills. She taught herself to hunt, but as soon as she thought she was ready she joined this tribe. Other: can't read headlines, so it would be helpful if, when talking to me, you said my name in the actual post.