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(Κυρηναϊκοί; Kyrēnaïkoí).

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A. History

The term Cyrenaics ─ derived from the home town Cyrene of Socrates' pupil  Aristippus [3] ─ is used to describe those philosophers who subscribed to the tradition founded by the latter. A list of C. can be found in Diog. Laert. 2,86. Whenever ancient texts refer globally to Aristippus and the C., the topic is almost invariably that they considered  pleasure (hēdonḗ) the supreme good (summum bonum) and highest aim (télos). In the development of this view (and of the philosophy of the …

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Döring, Klaus (Bamberg), “Cyrenaics”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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