Cyrenaic Hedonism Research Paper

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Let us now consider in more detail the main aspects of the Cyrenaic hedonism. It is important to bear in mind that the Cyrenaics take a diametrically opposed position with respect to each of the central claims of Epicurus’ ethical position. First, they think that bodily pleasures are preferable to mental pleasures—in fact, they even go as far as to argue that the main goal of one’s life is to pursue bodily pleasure (DL 2.87). The rationale behind this claim seems to be that bodily pleasures are, in general, much more intense than mental pleasures. The Cyrenaics also decidedly reject the proposed Epicurean account of katastematic pleasures and recognize only one type of pleasure—that is, kinetic pleasure. As Diogenes Laertius reports, they raise

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