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The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists, written by James Warren

In: Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought
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The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xii + 234 p. $95.00. isbn 9781107025448 (hbk).

Most major ancient Greek philosophical schools maintained that the intellectual life is the most pleasant life. James Warren’s clear, careful, and engaging book focuses on the way that Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic hedonists championed the pleasures of the life of reason over the lives of mindless animals and the profligate. Warren settles on a set of skills that mark humans off from other animals, at least by degree if not always by

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