RR4 SocratesQuotePhaedoPleasurePain

RR4 SocratesQuotePhaedoPleasurePain - "What a strange...

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“What a strange thing that which men call pleasure seems to be, and how astonishing the relations it has with what is thought to be its opposite, namely pain. A man cannot have both at the same time. Yet if he pursues and catches one, he is almost always bound to catch the other also, like two creatures with one head” (Socrates, Phaedo pg56). A man may come to recognize pain as the absence of pleasure, or pleasure as the absence of pain. According to Socrates, pleasure in the physical world is not a good thing. It is a human trait for the soul to drive the body. This direction of the body by the soul does not necessitate the division of body and mind that communicating with the divine requires. Communicating with the divine requires a division of body and mind because the body desires more food, sex and fun- things which tie the mind to the earth. Physical pleasure and bodily passions go against the true life of a philosopher. Instead, a philosopher may take part in the pleasures of the mind and soul. Those pleasures in the realms of thought do indeed exist and actually are, whereas those pleasures taking place outside of the body
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course PHIL 201 taught by Professor Preuss during the Fall '08 term at Binghamton University.

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