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Perfectionism and the Common GoodThemes in the Philosophy of T. H. Green$
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David O. Brink

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266401

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199266409.001.0001

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MILL AND EVALUATIVE HEDONISM

MILL AND EVALUATIVE HEDONISM

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XIII. MILL AND EVALUATIVE HEDONISM
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Perfectionism and the Common Good
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David O. Brink (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266409.003.0013

This chapter examines Green's discussion of evaluative hedonism, which focuses on Mill's (alleged) defence of that doctrine. Green not only criticizes the evaluative hedonism he finds in Mill, but also rejects evaluative hedonism outright. He argues that evaluative hedonism is actually inconsistent with psychological hedonism. Evaluative hedonism says that our ultimate aim ought to be to maximize net pleasure or to seek the largest sum of pleasures, whereas psychological hedonism claims that pleasurable experience is the ultimate object of desire. But a sum of pleasures is not itself a pleasure, thus, according to psychological hedonism, we could not act on the requirements of evaluative hedonism.

Keywords:   T. H. Green, psychological hedonism, Mill, pleasurable experience, desire

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