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In the dialogue Philebus Socrates one of the worlds most renowned ancient philosophers and a young man named Protarchus analyze and compare two different scenarios Is pleasure or understanding the good The dialogue begins with Philebus presenting his argument for Protarchus to argue however about midway through the dialogue the once wrangling dispute becomes a collective search for the truth The colloquy begins rather simply with the underlying arguments being examined at face value and ends up with the analysis of some of philosophys most profound metaphysical questions Both parties make excellent arguments for their respective beliefs but throughout the dialogue its seems as if the conversation always ends up with Socrates extracting more concessions from Protarchus This may perhaps prove that perhaps understanding although requiring pleasure to function is a greater force in making humans happyAs mentioned when this dialogue began Protarchus and Socrates were engaged in a wrangling dispute over what it is that makes up the good The initial point of agreement on which was necessary to begin the argument was that a certain hexin state or condition of the soul is what makes the life of a person eudaimon happy Now Philebus and Protarchus provide a solid argument for pleasure being just that hexin of the soul Philebus makes a strong point in suggesting that if a humans whole life was nothing more than the experience of pleasure what more would heshe need In other words it is sufficient for a human being to live exclusively in the immediacy of their environment He adds understanding is not the good since it is not necessary to make a person eudaimon Most people would probably claim that if they did have every pleasure available at their disposal constantly their lives would be quite happy with or without understanding However Socrates rebuttal argues that without thought and reflection it is impossible to process pleasure In other words if a person did live in
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