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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

(p.viii) (p.1) The Argument
Pleasure and Desire

J. C. B. Gosling

Oxford University Press

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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