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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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PLEASURE AS A SENSORY QUALITY

PLEASURE AS A SENSORY QUALITY

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(p.29) 2 PLEASURE AS A SENSORY QUALITY
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The Retreat of Reason
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DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0003

This chapter contends that the fact that a bodily sensation is one of pleasure consists in its having a sensory quality of pleasantness, which is supervenient upon other qualities of the sensation. The rather widespread view that the pleasantness of a sensation consists in its being the object of a positive reaction of liking is rejected. The perception of beauty is analysed in an analogous way.

Keywords:   beauty, liking, pleasure

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