Pleasure in Ancient Greek Philosophy

  title={Pleasure in Ancient Greek Philosophy},
  author={David Conan Wolfsdorf},
1. Introduction 2. Pleasure in early Greek ethics 3. Pleasure in the early physical tradition 4. Plato on pleasure and restoration 5. Plato on true, untrue and false pleasures 6. Aristotle on pleasure and activation 7. Epicurus and the Cyrenaics on katastematic and kinetic pleasures 8. The Old Stoics on pleasure as passion 9. Contemporary conceptions of pleasure 10. Ancient and contemporary conceptions of pleasure Suggestions for further reading. 

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  • R. Puccetti
  • Philosophy
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
  • 1969
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