Tom Sutcliffe discusses hedonism, from the ultra-hedonists in ancient Greece to the seasonal impulse to indulge. Tom's joined by RSC artistic director Greg Doran who's looking at hedonism in Shakespeare, from Toby Belch to Falstaff; by Prof Julia Twigg who assesses hedonism and asceticism in the contemporary world; by writer Zoe Cormier who's explored the science of hedonism and the hedonism of science; and by Kurt Lampe from Bristol University on the philosophical hedonists of Cyrene, an ancient city in modern day Libya.
Producer: Simon Tillotson.
Kurt Lampe is a lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol.
The Birth of Hedonism: The Cyrenaic Philosophers and Pleasure as a Way of Life is published by Princeton University Press.
|Interviewed Guest||Greg Doran|
|Interviewed Guest||Zoe Cormier|
|Interviewed Guest||Julia Twigg|
|Interviewed Guest||Kurt Lampe|