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The Birth of Hedonism: The Cyrenaic Philosophers and Pleasure as a Way of Life

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According to Xenophon, Socrates tried to persuade his associate Aristippus to moderate his excessive indulgence in wine, women, and food, arguing that only hard work can bring happiness. Aristippus wasn't convinced. Instead, he and his followers espoused the most radical form of hedonism in ancient Western philosophy. Before the rise of the better known but comparatively ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 26th 2014 by Princeton University Press (first published October 1st 2014)
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Clear presentation of the history of hedonism. I would have liked a bit more connection to modern day thinking but otherwise, it was enlightening!
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