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The jellyfish’s pleasures: philebus 20b-21d

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Scholars have characterised the trial of the life of pleasure in Philebus 20b-21d as digressive or pejorative. I argue that it is neither: it is a thought experiment containing an important argument, in the form of a reductio, of the hypothesis that a life could be most pleasant without cognition. It proceeds in a series of steps, culminating in the precisely chosen image of the jellyfish. Understan...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1163/15685284-12342044

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Sub department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers
Journal:
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Volume:
64
Issue:
3
Pages:
277-291
Publication date:
2019-06-04
Acceptance date:
2019-03-18
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EISSN:
1568-5284
ISSN:
0031-8868
Language:
English
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pubs:1025708
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uuid:09a9f790-71e5-4cb9-ab2d-ff02e3b7e9db
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pubs:1025708
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1025708
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2019-07-02

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