Belief, affective state and truth: Pleasures of expectation in Plato's Philebus

José Antonio Giménez Salinas*

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Abstract

The possibility of false pleasures is no doubt one of the most controversial issues in the contemporary literature on Plato's Philebus. In this context, the crucial debate and a wide number of interpretations relate to those remarks specifically concerning the falsehood of pleasures of expectation (36c-41b). The available interpretative options vary depending on whether they conceive falsehood of expectations in terms of an "ontological", "epistemological", or a "moral" criterion of truth. This essay aims to show that, instead of resting on a single criterion, a correct understanding of pleasures of expectation should take into account the mutual interaction between all these different criteria: while ontological truth determines the content of expectations, epistemological truth (that is, the correction of the relevant belief state) and moral truth (that is, the goodness of the affective-dispositional state) jointly define the specific type of such pleasures. To model an explanation of this notion of truth, I shall borrow from Aristotle's account of "practical truth".

Translated title of the contributionBelief, affective state and truth: Pleasures of expectation in Plato's Philebus
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)395-418
Number of pages24
JournalAnales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofia
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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