Ethics As An Introduction Of Philosophy Essay

1125 Words Nov 30th, 2014 5 Pages
Freedom or Indulgent?
Brooke Rohlfing
Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy
December 1, 2014

My thesis is that Cephalus is correct when he says that it is better to be free from bodily desires than to indulge them. The term free refers to acting as one chooses without being restrained by an authority figure. A bodily desire is defined as a want taking control of a person’s body. Indulge means to give into desires in an overly disproportionate way. Cephalus’ best argument for my thesis is that leaving bodily desires behind brings peace. Cephalus states, “the majority of our members lament, longing for the lost pleasures of their youth and reminiscing about sex, drinking parties, feasts, and the other things that go along with them. They get irritated…” (Republic, 3, 329a). Plato’s Republic suggests the conquest to fulfill desires (such as partying, sex, and feasts) wreak havoc on one mentally by longing for something he or she can no longer access while a mind free from bodily desires is relaxed. One seeking to fulfill bodily desires will be wrecked emotionally leaving them irritated and in distress whereas one who ignores bodily desires will be calm and at peace. Individuals free of bodily desires will be focused and able to achieve goals while individuals controlled by desires will not be able to successfully accomplish any expectations. A peaceful mind stays focused and can complete all immediate tasks, whereas a mind indulging in bodily desires only…

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