Plato’s Anti-Hedonism and the Protagoras by J. Clerk Shaw

Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):334-335 (2016)
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Shaw introduces an important and compelling line of argumentation concerning the relationship between pleasure and the good into the literature on Plato’s dialogues with ramifications beyond any commitment that Plato has Socrates make to hedonism at Protagoras 351b–357e. To appreciate Shaw’s argument, the term ‘hedonism’ must be understood to indicate that the good is identical to bodily pleasure—not to both sensate and modal pleasure understood as a dichotomy, and not to all pleasures of the soul and body understood as a blended, commensurable, spectrum. Chapter 1 characterizes hedonism in a narrower way..



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