Pleasure, Knowledge, and Being

Pleasure, Knowledge, and Being

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Hampton illumines the overall structure of the Philebus. Taking the interrelations of pleasure, knowledge, and being as the keys to understanding the unity of the dialogue, she focuses on the central point. The analysis of both pleasure and knowledge can be understood fully only if placed within the context of the more general and fundamental question of how human life fits into the overall structure of reality. What guides the discussion of the good life throughout the dialogue is the conviction that we can only realize our human good by shaping our lives so that they are true to the universal Good which unites all things. It is around this crucial point that the dialogue is structured. Thus, according to Hampton's interpretation, the Philebus shows what it says: that if we delve deeply enough, we shall discover that behind the appearance of disorder lies beauty, proportion, and pronounce (not write) the letters of the alphabet. The contrast he draws is between sound both as one and as infinite in number. This contrast is made in connection with the fact that aquot;sound passes through the mouth of each and all of usaquot;anbsp;...

Title:Pleasure, Knowledge, and Being
Author:Cynthia M. Hampton
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1990


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