"Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure for all who are able to partake of them, and that to all such who are or ever will be they are the most advantageous of all things"
What is at stake in ranking pleasure vs. knowledge as it pertains to the human good? What if both are important?
According to William James, if a question makes no difference in our lives, the inquiry is basically pointless. For Socrates, this question makes a profoundly important difference in how we conduct ourselves philosophically and for life. If pleasure contributes more to the human good, then those interested in human good should focus on pleasure and on the tools for bringing pleasure about. But if knowledge makes the main contribution, then knowledge is what will preserve us toward the human good.
Aren't all good things pleasurable? But are all truths pleasurable? are all pleasures good?
Let's read in advance and we will discuss together:http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1744