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Indeed it seems that Eudoxus1 took a good line in advocating the claims of pleasure to the prize of highest excellence, when he held that the fact that pleasure, though a good, is not praised, is an indication that it is superior to the things we praise, as God and the Good are, because they are the standards to which everything else is referred.

1 For a criticism of the hedonism of this unorthodox pupil of Plato see Bk. 10.2, 3.

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