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The joy of resolving a philosophical doubt

Philosophy Asked by Harel13 on September 14, 2020

In his entry on Epicureanism in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, David Sedley wrote:

"There are mental as well as bodily kinetic pleasures, for example, (perhaps) the ‘joy’ of resolving a philosophical doubt…"

Is this an example he thought up of or does this – or something similar – appear in Epicurus’ or one of his students’ writings?

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To the best of my knowledge, this specific example is probably something that the author thought up, but it is entirely consistent with the limited source material. In particular I can point to one such specific example from Epicurus's "Letter to Menoeceus" in which the following is relevant.

By pleasure we mean the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. It is not an unbroken succession of drinking-bouts and of merrymaking, not sexual love, not the enjoyment of the fish and other delicacies of a luxurious table, which produce a pleasant life; it is sober reasoning, searching out the grounds of every choice and avoidance, and banishing those beliefs through which the greatest disturbances take possession of the soul.

As an example, "the 'joy' of resolving a philosophical doubt" is very much consistent with the bolded portion above.

Correct answer by znr on September 14, 2020

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