Pleasure, Mind, and Soul Selected Papers in Ancient Philosophy

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-20
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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C.C.W. Taylor presents a selection of his essays in ancient philosophy, drawn from forty years of writings on the subject. The central theme of the volume is the moral psychology of Plato and Aristotle, with a special focus on pleasure and related concepts, an area central to Greek ethical thought. Taylor also discusses Socrates and the Greek atomists (including the Epicureans), showing how Plato's ethics grows out of the thought of Socrates, and that pleasure is also a central concept for the atomists. Pleasure, Mind, and Soul provides a fascinating survey of a range of important topics in the work of some of the greatest ancient philosophers, and which remain the subject of lively philosophical debate today.

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C. C. W. Taylor presents a selection of his essays in ancient philosophy, drawn from forty years of writings on the subject

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xv
Pleasure, Knowledge, and Sensation in Democritus (1967)p. 1
'All Perceptions Are True' (1980)p. 23
Plato, Hare, and Davidson on Akrasia (1980)p. 42
The End of the Euthyphro (1982)p. 62
The Arguments in the Phaedo Concerning the Thesis that the Soul is a Harmonia (1983)p. 73
Plato and Aristotle on the Criterion of Real Pleasures (1983)p. 91
Urmson on Aristotle on Pleasure (1988)p. 107
Popular Morality and Unpopular Philosophy (1990)p. 121
Socratic Ethics (1992)p. 134
Platonic Ethics (1998)p. 150
The Atomists (1999)p. 181
Aristotle on the Practical Intellect (2003)p. 204
Plato on Rationality and Happiness (2003)p. 223
Pleasure: Aristotle's Response to Plato (2003)p. 240
The Hedonism of the Protagoras Reconsidered (2003)p. 265
Wisdom and Courage in the Protagoras and the Nicomachean Ethics (2004)p. 281
Socrates (2005)p. 295
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