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Single Idea 130

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / A. Egoism / 2. Hedonism]

Full Idea

Callicles: If a person has the means to live a life of sensual, self-indulgent freedom, there's no better or happier state of existence.


'Happiness' is the Greek word 'eudaimonia', also sometimes translated as 'flourishing'

Gist of Idea

Is the happiest state one of sensual, self-indulgent freedom?


Plato (Gorgias [c.387 BCE], 492c)

Book Reference

Plato: 'Gorgias', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP World's Classics 1994], p.79