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Hedonism: A Preliminary Formulation

Fred Feldman

in Pleasure and the Good Life

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199265169
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019926516X.003.0003
 Hedonism: A Preliminary Formulation

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Presents some typical textbook formulations of hedonism. Shows that they are unacceptable as formulations of the view—they fail to state the intended view in a coherent and consistent way. A simple form of sensory hedonism—‘Default Hedonism’—is then presented. This formulation does not have the defects of typical textbook formulations. Default Hedonism provides a starting point for all the other forms of hedonism to be discussed in the book. Concludes with a somewhat speculative discussion of the hedonism of Aristippus.

Keywords: Aristippus; Default Hedonism; dolors; hedonic calculus; hedons; Jeremy Bentham; Richard Brandt; sensory hedonism; William Frankena

Chapter.  7714 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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