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Episode Eighteen - All Things Are Not Made of Earth, Air, Fire, and WaterThere's a pertinent discussion of Empedocles in The Greeks on Pleasure, 1.2.1-1.2.8. He's presented as a link between the didactic and physiological traditions, and apparently considered pleasure as a perception (aisthesis; there's some discussion of the meaning of the Greek). He's also believed to have thought of the "urge toward pleasure... (as) the natural instinct of the organism to seek its own best state."
Episode Eighteen - All Things Are Not Made of Earth, Air, Fire, and WaterSo far it's really good. I'm not enthusiastic about the amount devoted to Plato, but based on the first couple of chapters I'm assuming that it will be worth the effort. I bit the bullet and got a used copy from Amazon and so far I'm glad I did.