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    In his discussion of pleasure, Aristotle assumes the thesis that a perfect activity always and necessarily yields pleasure. The occurrence of pleasure is even presented as a sign that the activity is perfect. But this assumption seems to be too easy. It is possible that we do feel pleasure in activities which are not perfectly performed, and on the other hand, it is not certain at all that I will enjoy a perfect activity. Pleasure falls into the category of what J. Elster has called 'states that…Read more
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    This volume deals with the general theory of pleasure of Plato and his successors.The first part describes the two paradigms between which all theories of ...
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    Augustine on Prudence
    Augustinian Studies 41 (1): 219-240. 2010.
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    “Wat moet ik doen?” Aristoteles over phronèsis en praktisch intellect
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 68 (3): 475-506. 2006.
    Ethics of any kind basically assume that all human beings by nature aim at happiness. However, this general starting point has to be made concrete in order to be relevant for action, and hence suitable for moral appreciation. What does my happiness consist in? Contrary to what has often been taken for granted, the concrete aim is not instrumental or subsidiary to the overall aim of happiness. To me, my particular aim is rather identical with happiness. The choice I make — if choice it is — indee…Read more
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    Plato en aristoteles twee paradigma's Van genot
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 63 (3): 493-516. 2001.
    According to Plato, pleasure consists in the replenishment of a lack, i.e., in restoring the natural condition. At first sight, this might seem to mean that pleasure is always linked to previous pain. However Plato stresses the importance of so-called ‘true’ or ‘pure’ pleasure, which is not paired by pain. The acceptance of this type of pleasure depends on a dissociation of the definition of pleasure and pain from the physiological condition that underlies them . The latter are inescapable: our …Read more
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    Hoe zuiver is onbegrensd genot? Plato's philebus of de bekering Van een hedonist
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 57 (3): 433-460. 1995.
    What is the 'good life'? Is it a life completely devoted to intellect, or should we take for granted the hedonistic position, which says that pleasure is the absolute good? The hedonist subordinates everything to pleasure, and tests anything in a rigorous calculus for the amount of pleasure it yields. It is against this hedonism that Plato turns himself in a unique manner in his dialogue Philebus. After having reached a deadlockin a sterile opposition between hedonism and intellectualism in his …Read more
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    Beauté, proportion et vérité comme 'vestibule' du bien dans le 'Philèbe'
    Revue Philosophique De Louvain 97 (2): 253-267. 1999.
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    Platonic Ideas and Concept Formation in Ancient and Medieval Thought (edited book)
    with Carlos G. Steel, Caroline Macé, and Leen van Campe
    Leuven University Press. 2004.
    From an epistemological viewpoint, the Forms constitute the objects of true knowledge. From an ontological point of view, they are the principles that underlie the order of the universe.
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    Les hénades de proclus sont-elles composées de limite et d'illimité ?
    Revue des Sciences Philosophiques Et Théologiques 3 417-432. 2001.
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    Carolingian Biblical Culture John J. CONTRENI Qui sim nosse uolens, scito Bibliotheca dicor El ueteris legis ius ueho siue nouae. Ne me sperne, precor, ...
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    The One, the Henads, and the Principles
    In Pieter D'Hoine & Marije Martijn (eds.), All From One: A Guide to Proclus, Oxford University Press Uk. 2016.
    In this chapter, the arguably most complex and most important part of Proclus’ metaphysics is under scrutiny: the One, the Henads, and the principles. The author discusses the transcendence and knowability of the One/Good, and how it can be a cause; the Iamblichean principles Limit and Unlimited, as the first coupling of unity and multiplicity, and how they invert the Aristotelian notion of dunamis. Together these principles produce ‘the mixture’, and all beings result from the triad Limit-Unlim…Read more
  • Beauty, proportion and truth as the" vestibule" for goodness in Plato's' Philebe'
    Revue Philosophique De Louvain 97 (2): 253-267. 1999.
  • Introduction
    In Carlos G. Steel, Gerd van Riel, Caroline Macé & Leen van Campe (eds.), Platonic Ideas and Concept Formation in Ancient and Medieval Thought, Leuven University Press. 2004.