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The birth of hedonism : the Cyrenaic philosophers and pleasure as a way of life

Author: Kurt Lampe
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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According to Xenophon, Socrates tried to persuade his associate Aristippus to moderate his excessive indulgence in wine, women, and food, arguing that only hard work can bring happiness. Aristippus wasn't convinced. Instead, he and his followers espoused the most radical form of hedonism in ancient Western philosophy. Before the rise of the better known but comparatively ascetic Epicureans, the Cyrenaics pursued a  Read more...
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Named Person: Aristippus, Cyrenaicus
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kurt Lampe
ISBN: 9780691161136 0691161135 9780691176383 0691176388
OCLC Number: 867851398
Description: xvii, 277 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Cyrene and the Cyrenaics: A Historical and Biographical Overview --
Knowledge and Pleasure --
Virtue and Living Pleasantly --
Eudaimonism and Anti-Eudaimonism --
Personal and Political Relationships --
Hegesias's Pessimism --
Theodorus's Innovations --
The "New Cyrenaicism" of Walter Pater --
Conclusion: The Birth of Hedonism.
Responsibility: Kurt Lampe.

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According to Xenophon, Socrates tried to persuade his associate Aristippus to moderate his excessive indulgence in wine, women, and food, arguing that only hard work can bring happiness. Aristippus wasn't convinced. Instead, he and his followers espoused the most radical form of hedonism in ancient Western philosophy. Before the rise of the better known but comparatively ascetic Epicureans, the Cyrenaics pursued a way of life in which moments of pleasure, particularly bodily pleasure, held the highest value. In The Birth of Hedonism, Kurt Lampe provides the most comprehensive account in any language of Cyrenaic ideas and behavior, revolutionizing the understanding of this neglected but important school of philosophy.

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