Plato's Anti-hedonism and the Protagoras

2015.11.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. Clerk Shaw, Plato's Anti-hedonism and the Protagoras, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 222pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.11.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews J. Clerk Shaw, Plato's Anti-hedonism and the Protagoras, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 222pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107046658. Reviewed by Vanessa de Harven, University of Massachusetts, Amherst The title of this book is more clever than it first seems. There is a long-standing debate about whether Socrates espouses hedonism in the Protagoras, and J. Clerk Shaw does expertly adjudicate that matter in favor of an anti-hedonist stance. But that is just the first chapter. In fact, what he means by Plato's anti-hedonism goes well beyond the mechanics of Protagoras 351e ff., to Plato's indictment of hedonism across the corpus and the proper place of the Protagoras within that anti-hedonistic line of thought. Shaw offers an incisive diagnosis of popular double-think, as he calls it, which balances the incoherent complex of commitments to hedonism, to the possibility of akrasia and to the belief that. . .

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