Single Idea 1664

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / f. Dangers of pleasure]

Full Idea

I would rather go mad than experience pleasure.

Gist of Idea

I would rather go mad than experience pleasure

Source

Antisthenes (Ath) (fragments/reports [c.405 BCE]), quoted by Diogenes Laertius - Lives of Eminent Philosophers 06.3

Book Reference

Vlastos,Gregory: 'Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher' [CUP 1992], p.208


A Reaction

Did he actually prefer pain? If both experiences would drive him mad, it seems like a desire for death. I cannot understand why anyone is opposed to harmless pleasures.