Title

Blurring the Lines: Aristotle and Epicurus on Pleasure and Virtue

Date

5-29-2014 10:30 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Ryan Hickerson

Session Title

Philosophy Department, Senior Theses

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ryan Hickerson

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

When reflecting on what it means to live a good life, it is necessary to take into account both virtue and pleasure. In this paper I explore the similarities and differences in the views of two ancient philosophical heavyweights, Aristotle and Epicurus. I argue not only that the differences in their accounts of pleasure and virtue are minimal, but that both philosophers appear to be arguing for a similar, substantive understanding of the good life. The origins of pleasure and virtue are of course given different description, but both philosophers argue that the one needs the other, and that both are necessary for the good life.

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May 29th, 10:30 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

Blurring the Lines: Aristotle and Epicurus on Pleasure and Virtue

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 336

When reflecting on what it means to live a good life, it is necessary to take into account both virtue and pleasure. In this paper I explore the similarities and differences in the views of two ancient philosophical heavyweights, Aristotle and Epicurus. I argue not only that the differences in their accounts of pleasure and virtue are minimal, but that both philosophers appear to be arguing for a similar, substantive understanding of the good life. The origins of pleasure and virtue are of course given different description, but both philosophers argue that the one needs the other, and that both are necessary for the good life.