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dc.contributor.advisorWhite, Stephen A.en
dc.contributor.advisorSosa, Daviden
dc.identifier.oclc58651688en
dc.creatorEvans, Matthew Lyallen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T22:02:50Zen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-11T22:16:29Z
dc.date.available2008-08-28T22:02:50Zen
dc.date.available2017-05-11T22:16:29Z
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.identifierb5940906xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/1483en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractI interpret, analyze, and defend Plato’s views about the nature and value of pleasure and pain, with special attention to the way he develops these views in the Philebus. The core of Plato’s position, I argue, is that pleasure as such is not a bearer of final value, but a fallible mode of perceiving final value. If Plato is right, then the claim that pleasure as such is the ethical goal is akin to the claim that belief as such is the epistemological goal. What makes this version of anti-hedonism exciting, to my mind, is that it can concede that pleasure has authority in itself—in that it always gives us a reason to act as it bids—without conceding that pleasure is good in itself. Moreover, an account of this sort is refreshingly free of the asceticism that pervades so much of both ancient and modern anti-hedonism, including some of Plato’s own earlier work. After establishing that Plato advances this view in the Philebus, I argue that the view itself yields genuine insight into the psychological role and ethical status of pleasure and pain.
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshPlato--Philebusen
dc.subject.lcshPlatoen
dc.subject.lcshPleasure--Philosophyen
dc.subject.lcshPain--Philosophyen
dc.subject.lcshHedonismen
dc.titleThe authority of pleasure and pain: moral psychology in Plato's Philebusen
dc.description.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.type.genreThesisen


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