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Cyrenaic Hedonism: A Life in Pursuit of Pleasure

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom  “If it were wrong to be extravagant, it would not be in vogue at the festivals of the gods.” ~ Aristippus (Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers) We have seen, through our examination of ethical egoism last week, that some philosophers believed that the best life consisted

Aristippus and the Pursuit of Pleasure

As is common with many of the more obscure ancient philosophers, the majority of our knowledge comes from Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers. As always, we may be hesitant to believe everything we read in this text. Diogenes Laertius would have have lived some 500 years after the golden age of philosophy in Greece.