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Three Faces of Desire$
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Timothy Schroeder

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172379.001.0001

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Pleasure and Displeasure

Pleasure and Displeasure

(p.71) 3 Pleasure and Displeasure
Three Faces of Desire

Timothy Schroeder

Oxford University Press

Pleasure and displeasure are phenomena so familiar that there seems no need for a summary of everyday knowledge of them. This chapter describes the folk psychology of hedonic tone and the evidence on neuroscience of pleasure. In addition, the four incorrect theories of pleasure are shown. It also provides the three brief arguments to defend the thesis that pleasure and displeasure are distinctive types of conscious events rather than behavioral styles. Moreover, a representational theory of pleasure and the objections to the theory are discussed. Lastly, pleasure and theories of desire are explained.

Keywords:   pleasure, displeasure, theory of desire, hedonic tone, neuroscience, psychology

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