In 2005 the Greek Ministry for Tourism published an advertisement that urged: LIVE YOUR MYTH IN GREECE.
3. The happy life, ancient and modern
A Very Short Introduction
6. Pain as pleasure
There have been numerous attempts in modernity to make the claim that all pain is evil. Utilitarians in the 19th century did so, and neo-utilitarians from the late 20th century to the present, such as Richard Ryder (b. 1940), continue to do so. In Ryder’s case, involvement in animal research prompted an extreme aversion to any kind of suffering, particularly in animals. Pain has been conceptualized as always a malign experience that should be reduced or eliminated. Yet, as we have seen, many cultures and traditions have the pursuit or acceptance of pain as a central
Ronald de Sousa
There are two tragedies in life: the first is not to get what you want; the other is to get it.
What does the lover want?
If there is one thing Diotima got right, it was that love essentially involves desire. But what is desire? And what sorts of desire are characteristic of love?
Katarzyna de Lazari‐Radek and Peter Singer
3. What should we maximize?
The classical view
, the view that pleasure is the only thing of intrinsic value was not invented by utilitarians; it goes back to Epicurus. The Epicurean tradition continued to be influential in Roman times. Then Christianity became dominant, and for the next 1,500 years, the idea of pleasure as the sole intrinsic good was out of favour.
Ronald de Sousa
Love is the acute awareness of the impossibility of possession.
Some people have been driven mad by love. Some have died for it, and some have killed for love. Not all that often, if truth be told, in real life. But to characters in operas and plays it happens all the time. Everyone expects it when they see or read about love as tragedy, and seems to understand it: it almost might have happened to us. You yourself, Dear Reader, may have gone a little crazy once or twice, and felt the thrill of shared love, or the