The Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy series provides concise books, written by major scholars and accessible to non-specialists, on important themes in ancient philosophy that remain of philosophical interest today. In this volume Professor Wolfsdorf undertakes the first exploration of ancient Greek philosophical conceptions of pleasure in relation to contemporary conceptions. He provides broad coverage of the ancient material, from pre-Platonic to Old Stoic treatments; and, in the contemporary period, from World War II to the present. Examination of the nature of pleasure in ancient philosophy largely occurred within ethical contexts but in the contemporary period has, to a greater extent, been pursued within philosophy of mind and psychology. This divergence reflects the dominant philosophical preoccupations of the times. But Professor Wolfsdorf argues that the various treatments are complementary. Indeed, the Greeks' examinations of pleasure were incisive and their debates vigorous, and their results have enduring value for contemporary discussion.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 322
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
'... includes many comprehensively researched, well-argued and important contributions to debates about the nature of pleasure as it is conceived by philosophers from antiquity to the present.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"Platonic scholars will like this book best, but it appeals to a range of scholars - from students wanting a summary of pre-Socratic, Aristotelian, Epicurean, or Stoic views on pleasure, to those interested in a broader context for the treatment of pleasure by 20th-century philosophers ... Highly recommended ..."
P. W. Wakefield, Choice
"... includes many comprehensively researched, well-argued and important contributions to debates about the nature of pleasure as it is conceived by philosophers from antiquity to the present."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review