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Plato's anti-hedonism and the Protagoras

Author: J Clerk Shaw
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Plato often rejects hedonism, but in the Protagoras, Plato's Socrates seems to endorse hedonism. In this book, J. Clerk Shaw removes this apparent tension by arguing that the Protagoras as a whole actually reflects Plato's anti-hedonism. He shows that Plato places hedonism at the core of a complex of popular mistakes about value and especially about virtue: that injustice can be prudent, that wisdom is weak, that
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Named Person: Plato.; Plato
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Clerk Shaw
ISBN: 9781107046658 1107046653
OCLC Number: 898162928
Description: viii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Against hedonist interpretations of the Protagoras --
2. Courage, madness, and spirit at 349d-51b --
3. Drama and dialectic in Plato's Protagoras --
4. Drama and dialectic in Plato's Gorgias, revisited --
5. Shame, internalization, and the many --
6. Hedonism, hedonic error, and ethical error --
7. Hedonist misconceptions of virtue --
8. Popular hostility to Sophists and philosophers.
Responsibility: J. Clerk Shaw.
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Anti-hedonism is the core of Plato's critical project in ethics and politics, including in his seemingly hedonist work, the Protagoras. In this book, J. Clerk Shaw reconciles the Protagoras with  Read more...

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