Aristippus ărĭstĭp´əs [key], c.435–c.360 BC, Greek philosopher of Cyrene, first of the Cyrenaics . He held pleasure to be the highest good and virtue to be identical with the ability to enjoy. His doctrines, comprising the first coherent exposition of hedonism , opposed those of the Cynics, although both groups drew upon aspects of Socratic philosophy.
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