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Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism

Fred Feldman

Abstract

Hedonism is the view that the Good Life is the pleasant life. The central aim of this book is to show that, when carefully and charitably interpreted, certain forms of hedonism yield plausible evaluations of human lives. The forms defended understand pleasure as intrinsic attitudinal pleasure. Rejects all forms of sensory hedonism. Defends preferred forms of hedonism against a barrage of classic objections derived from Plato, Aristotle, Brentano, Moore, Ross, Rawls, and many others. Compares the author's forms of hedonism to the hedonistic views of Aristippus, Epicurus, Bentham, and Mill. Some ... More

Keywords: Aristippus, attitudinal pleasure, Bentham, desert, deserved pleasure, Epicurus, false pleasure, hedonism, happiness, higher pleasures, lower pleasures, J. S. Mill, G. E. Moore, pain, pleasure, sensory pleasure, the good life, the shape of a life, welfare, worthless pleasure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004 DOI:10.1093/019926516X.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred Feldman, author
Department of Philosophy University of Massachusetts
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