Cyrenaics

Definition

The Cyrenaics were a philosophical school of thought founded c. 4th century BCE by Aristippus of Cyrene (l. c. 435-356 BCE) who taught that sensual pleasure was the highest good and only worthwhile pursuit in life. Known as the first hedonistic school, Cyrenaicsim was eventually replaced by the more comprehensive philosophy of Epicureanism.

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Timeline

  • c. 399 BCE - c. 250 BCE
    Duration of the Cyrenaic school founded by Aristippus of Cyrene.
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