Replies to Some Objections

Fred Feldman

in Pleasure and the Good Life

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199265169
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601385 | DOI:
 Replies to Some Objections

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The objection from false pleasures (introduced in Ch. 3) is reviewed. A version relevant to Intrinsic Attitudinal Hedonism is formulated and evaluated. A new form of hedonism making use of an adjustment for truth is introduced and explained. It is alleged that this form of hedonism (‘Truth Adjusted Intrinsic Attitudinal Hedonism’) is not refuted by the objection from false pleasures. The Platonic objection based on pleasure without knowledge is reviewed. The objection seems ineffective against Intrinsic Attitudinal Hedonism. Finally, the objection from base or worthless pleasures is discussed. A new form of hedonism—Desert Adjusted Intrinsic Attitudinal Hedonism—is introduced and defended. This is said to evade all the objections so far mentioned.

Keywords: base pleasures; desert; desert‐adjusted hedonism; deserved pleasure; false pleasures; Plato; Porky; truth‐adjusted hedonism

Chapter.  7385 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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