The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists

Pleasure and logismosKnowing and learningPlanning aheadRemembering and anticipatingReason and emotionWhat the lion anticipatesDamascius and the donkeyPlato on the pleasures and pains of knowingPleasures and pains of learning in the PhilebusThe pleasures and pains of the caveComing-to-know and continuing to knowResolving the difficultyA proposalPhilebus 55a: pleasure, thought, and the divine lifeAristotle on the pleasures of learning and knowingA natural desire to knowPleasures of thought in the Nicomachean EthicsLearning and pleasure in Rhetoric 1.11Learning and pleasure in Poetics 4ConclusionsEpicurus and Plutarch on pleasure and human natureEpicureans on the pleasures of learning and knowingPlutarch’s Platonist attack on Epicurean pleasuresPlutarch and the pleasures of reasonConclusionsMeasuring future pleasures in Plato ’s Protagoras and PhilebusWeighing and measuringMeasurement, illusion, and prudentialismThe salvation of lifeConclusionsAnticipation, character, and piety in Plato’s PhilebusAnticipation and false pleasureTrue and false pleasures and pietyThe unity of a lifeCharacter and false pleasureProtagorean hedonism and consistencyConclusionsAristotle on the pleasures and pains of memoryMemory, character, and pleasure in the Nicomachean EthicsMemory and phantasiaThe memories of EumaeusEpicureans and Cyrenaics on anticipating and recollecting pleasuresEpicurean prudential reasoningThe limits of prudential reasoningEpicureans and their critics on memory, anticipation, and pleasureCyrenaic recommendationsThe pleasures of confident expectationConclusionsEpilogue
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