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Aristippus

(ărĭstĭp`əs), c.435–c.360 B.C., Greek philosopher of Cyrene, first of the CyrenaicsCyrenaics
, one of the minor schools of Greek philosophy, flourishing in the late 4th and early 3d cent. B.C. Cyrenaic philosophy taught that present individual pleasure is the highest good.
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. He held pleasure to be the highest good and virtue to be identical with the ability to enjoy. His doctrines, comprising the first coherent exposition of hedonismhedonism
[Gr.,=pleasure], the doctrine that holds that pleasure is the highest good. Ancient hedonism expressed itself in two ways: the cruder form was that proposed by Aristippus and the early Cyrenaics, who believed that pleasure was achieved by the complete gratification of
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, opposed those of the Cynics, although both groups drew upon aspects of Socratic philosophy.
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(1) I have not seen this, but going by Tsouna's encyclopedia articles (see References), she arrived at the following dates: Aristippus of Cyrene ca.
(2) There are passing references such as that to "Academic and Pyrrhonian enquirers" on page 1, that to Arcesilaus's interpretation of Socrates on page 140, and the disclaimer on page 139 that nothing in what is said in the final chapter either confirms or precludes influences of Aristippus of Cyrene on Pyrrho or of Pyrrho on Aristippus the Younger.