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Pleasure and DesireThe Case of Hedonism Reviewed$
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J. C. B. Gosling

Print publication date: 1969

Print ISBN-13: 9780198243397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243397.001.0001

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The Argument

The Argument

Chapter:
(p.viii) (p.1) The Argument
Source:
Pleasure and Desire
Author(s):

J. C. B. Gosling

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198243397.003.0001

This chapter discusses the different arguments regarding hedonism that are presented in the book. Most of the chapter is focused on providing a summary of the next eleven chapters, although a conclusion is provided at the end of the chapter. It states that the hedonists are right in supporting that pleasure has a central importance in morality. While pleasure may not operate as the overall goal that hedonists have often wished it to be, it still has a more basic moral importance than most critics of hedonism have been prepared to allow.

Keywords:   arguments, hedonism, summary, hedonists, pleasure, morality, moral importance

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