Plato's Philebus: A Philosophical Discussion

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Panos Dimas, Russell E. Jones, Gabriel R. Lear
Oxford University Press, Sep 12, 2019 - Philosophy - 304 pages
The Philebus is an extraordinarily creative and profound examination of what makes for a good human life, containing some of Plato's most sophisticated discussions of moral psychology, knowledge, metaphysics, and philosophical methodology. The Philebushad a far greater influence on Aristotle's ethics than the frequently studied Republic - yet historians of philosophical ethics have relatively neglected it and existing commentaries tend to emphasize certain aspects at the expense of others. This edited volume, the first of its kind, brings together leading scholars of ancient philosophy to take a fresh and comprehensive look at this important work. Each essay focuses on a relatively brief section of the Philebus and discusses the passages methodically, covering topics such as pleasure, knowledge, philosophical method, and the human good in detail. The result is not and is not intended to be a commentary, nor does it aim to present a unified interpretation. It is instead a series of close, original philosophical examinations, often in conversation with each other, which together provide continuous coverage of the Philebus. This reference work, a useful resource for teaching and studying, is valuable reading for researchers, scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates interested in Plato, ancient Greek ethics, and in the history of ethics.
 

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Contents

Revelations of Reason An Orientation to Reading Platos Philebus
1
Rethinking the Contest Between Pleasure and Wisdom Philebus 11a14b
17
Division and Classification Philebus 14c20a
34
Why Pleasure and Reason are not the Good Philebus 20b23b
55
The Fourfold Division of Beings Philebus 23b27c
71
Intelligence as Cause Philebus 27c31b
90
The Independence of the Soul from the Body Philebus 31b36c
106
Two Ways in which Pleasures can be False Philebus 36c42c
124
Plato on Pleasures from Comedy vPhilebus 47d50e
163
Truth Beauty Purity and Pleasure Philebus 50e53c
184
The Final Attack on Hedonism Philebus 53c55c
202
Knowledge and Measurement Philebus 55c59d
219
Cooking Up the Good Life with Socrates Philebus 59d64c
235
The Dialogues Finale Philebus 64c67b
253
Bibliography
269
Index
279

Putting the Stroppies to Work Philebus 42c47d
141

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Panos Dimas, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo,Russell E. Jones, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University,Gabriel R. Lear, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago

Panos Dimas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. Norway. His work focuses on ancient Greek cosmology, philosophical ethics and moral psychology.

Russell E. Jones is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He has written on a number of aspects of Greek philosophical thought, especially on figures from the fifth and fourth centuries BCE.

Gabriel R. Lear is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and is in its Committee on Social Thought. Her work focuses on ancient Greek and Roman philosophical ethics and aesthetics.

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