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The Philebus is the only Platonic dialogue that takes as its central theme the fundamental Socratic question of the good, understood as that which makes for the best or happiest life. It offers an extended psychological and epistemological investigation of such topics as sensation, memory, desire, anticipation, the truth and falsity of pleasures, and the types and gradations of knowledge, as well as a methodological exposition of dialectic and a metaphysical schema—found nowhere else in the dialogues—that is intended to illuminate the nature of mixture. In its interweaving of ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological issues, the Philebus offers a unique opportunity to assess the relation of these topics in Plato’s mature thought and so to gain insight into his philosophical vision as a whole. This edition also includes parallel passages from other Platonic dialogues and related material from Aristotle, the Stoics, and Epicurus.

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ISBN-13: 9781554813735
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 05/08/2019
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

James L. Wood is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Xavier University.

Table of Contents

Plato, Socrates, and Their Time: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


Appendix A: Plato on the Good as Pleasure or Wisdom
  1. Republic 505a–505d
Appendix B: Plato on the Forms and the Good
  1. Republic 475e–476d
  2. Timaeus 27d–28a
  3. Symposium 210e–211b
  4. Parmenides 130a–135c
  5. Republic 505d–509b
Appendix C: Plato on Dialectic
  1. Republic 531e–534d
  2. Sophist 253a–254b, 259d–e
Appendix D: Plato on Four Kinds, Elements, Divine Intellect
  1. Timaeus 29d–30c, 46c–e, 47e–52d
  2. Phaedo 97b–99c
Appendix E: Plato on Kinds of Pleasure, False and Impure Pleasures
  1. Republic 580d–587a
  2. Republic 558d–559c
  3. Protagoras 351b–358a
  4. Gorgias 491d–495b
Appendix F: Aristotle on Pleasure
  1. Nicomachean Ethics X.2–5
Appendix G: Aristotle on Metaphysics
  1. Metaphysics I.6
Appendix H: Epicurus on Pleasure
  1. From Diogenes Laertius, “Letter to Menoeceus,” Lives of Eminent Philosophers, X.121–132
Appendix I: The Stoics on Physics and Metaphysics
  1. From Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, VII.134–156

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the Tribe of Flowing Winds. We are like the Tribe of Rushing Water, but we have some different positions. I will rank them highest rankked to lowest ranked. <br> <p> Leader: Dawn of Dancing Skys (Dawn) <br> Stoneteller (Teller of Pointed Stones): none chosen. This cat will take role as medicine cat, but also deputy <br> Prey-Hunters: none yet <br> Cave-Gaurds: none yet <br> Elders: none. Will need some eventually <br> <p> As you probably know, these cats live in a cave behind a waterfall in the mountains. They hunt hares, eagles, and hawks, but can catch almost anything else that the four clans hunt. Now I will give you the responsibilites of the ranks. <br> <p> Leader: Isn't it obvious? <br> Stoneteller: healer and deputy <br> Prey-Hunters: hunting for the tribe. I will send out patrols every day, how many depends on the season and the size of the tribe <br> Cave-Gaurds: gaurd the cave from invaders. Will hunt if needed. These cats will be sent on Border Patrols <br> Elders: retired prey-hunters and cave-gaurds <br> <p> Please post your bios here. They should include the name, age, rank, personality, history, kin, and description. I will give you a model. <br> <p> Name: Dawn of Dancing Skys (Dawn)/Age: 16 moons/gender: she-cat/rank: leader. Used to be a prey-hunter/personality: caring, kind, avoids settling problems with fights, but is an unstoppable warrior when it comes down to it. She will accept all cats into this tribe/history: maybe later/description: silver with gold pelt, her paws are an amber color. She has a long, slender build, built for running in all terrains. Can outrun almost any cat. Her eyes are a striking jay blue. Her legs are well musled. Her right front paw is different then the rest. Her paw starts as amber, then as you go up, bands break apart and twist around her leg. The band get further and further apart until her shoulder, which is where the bands turn to the golden color. That gold fur comes together and wraps itself over her shoulder and between her right legs. The rest of her is silver/other: ask me!|&bull;| <br> <p> Okay, now the main camp will be at result three until further notice. Thank you for joining! <br> <p> From, <br> Dawn of Dancing Skys (leader)
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She lays down beside him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Silent Whisper Of Forest (Silent) Age: 15 moons Gender: she cat Appearence: Grey she cat with a white underbelly and white paws, blue eyes Personality: Kind, welcoming, yet often stubborn and quick to judge Family: Mother is Glow Of Stars At Night, Father is White Glisten Of Snow In Sun, no littermates History: Named after the first thing her mother saw. Mother carried away by eagle two moons after giving birth, father died naurally Rank: un decided, hopes to be cave guard if not Stoneteller
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Name: Cloud Pierced By The Sun (Cloud) Gender: shecat Age: 17 moons Description: golden fur with splotches of dappled gray. Green eyes. Rank: prey hunter Personality: meet me! Mate: wanted Crush: won't tell Kits: wanted Kin: Wind That Whistles Through Peaks (mother), Snow Floating From Blackened Sky (Father), Mouse Escaping Through Tunnels (brother) History: parents were outcast from a now dead tribe. A moon after her mother gave birth, her father was killed by a mountain lion. Devastated, her mother endured a moon more of her life before throwing herself off a cliff, killing herself and leaving two two moon old kits alone in the mountains. Brother was killed by a hawk, but Cloud found refuge in an abandon cave, feeding off the remains of birds of prey's kills. She taught herself to hunt, but as soon as she thought she was ready she joined this tribe. Other: can't read headlines, so it would be helpful if, when talking to me, you said my name in the actual post.