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  • Hi all I'm happy to engage in a public discussion of my blog post. But in order to do so, I need to know what it is exactly that Cassius finds offensive about Sherman's thesis. Cassius says that the Epicurean goal is a state which will not admit of further improvement, but this is precisely what Sherman is defending -- in Sherman's own words, a state of which a person could say that there is "nothing at all about my situation that I would want to change." Sherman challenges the reader to imagin…
  • I think the disagreement stems from mostly semantical/rhetorical confusion and a failure to more 'expansively' conceive of painlessness as positively pleasurable. (Understanding how terms are specifically defined is crucial). The way I will be conceiving of painlessness moving forward is to ask whether I would like to change anything about situation. If not, then I am at the limit of pleasure. It's that simple really, no need for a long debate. Also, I am not apologizing for Platonists/Stoics o…