Aristippus of Cyrene


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Ar·is·tip·pus of Cy·re·ne

 (ăr′ĭ-stĭp′əs; sī-rē′nē) 435?-366? bc.
Greek philosopher who founded the Cyrenaic school, based on the pursuit of pleasure tempered by prudence to avoid discomfort.
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One of the earliest philosophers to do so was Aristippus of Cyrene (435-356BC) who spent his life in Athens and was a disciple of Socrates.
Aristippus of Cyrene was one of Socrates' associates; he appears in Xenophon's Memorabilia, where in 2.1.1 Socrates is said to have thought him "quite undisciplined" in matters of food, drink, and sex.
Similarly, the second connecting passage at XIV.18.31-32, in which Eusebius introduces Aristippus of Cyrene and his homonymous grandson and explains their doctrines on pleasure and the perception of feelings,(9) is based on Aristocles, whose criticism of Aristippus' school Eusebius quotes at XIV.19.1-7.(10) The fourth and final connecting passage at XIV.20.13-14, which introduces Epicurus, his doctrine, and his education and precedes a quotation from Aristocles' criticism of the Epicureans, likewise depends on Aristocles for its information.(11)