Philebus

by Plato

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  • 9780141394848
Taking the form of a discussion between the hedonist Philebus, his naïve disciple Protarchus and Socrates, Philebus is a compelling consideration of the popular belief that pleasure is the greatest attainable good. Here, Socrates speculates on the differing intensities of both pleasure and pain; explores the notion that they can be divided into pure and impure types; considers the relationship between the one and the many; and establishes knowledge as a far higher goal. A profound argument that true fulfillment can only be achieved by the pursuit of beauty, truth and moderation, Philebus is among the earliest and most fascinating explorations of one of the most fundamental human questions: how to lead a good life.

  • Penguin Books Ltd; May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141394848
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  • Title: Philebus
  • Author: Plato
  • Imprint: Penguin
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  • 9780140443950
  • 9780141394848

About The Author

Plato (c. 427-347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.


Translated by Robin Waterfield

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  • 9780140443950
  • 9780141394848