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The weight of the evidence is heavily in favor of the antihedonist reading of the Protagoras. It is thoroughly compatible with the text of the Protagoras; it is intelligible in the light of a plausible account of Socrates' aims; and it can meet objections to it, whereas the prohedonist account creates more problems than it solves.


Donald J. Zeyl presented “Socrates and Hedonism: Protagoras 351b-358d” to the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at its meeting with the American Philological Association in 1980. A revised version was published in Phronesis XXV.3 (1980) and reprinted in John P. Anton & Anthony Preus, eds. 1989. Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy, Vol. III: Plato, State University of New York Press, 5-26.

Donald Zeyl is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Rhode Island.