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But is it Really “Hedonism”?

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.003.0009
 But is it Really “Hedonism”?

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Curious readers might wonder if some of the axiological theories discussed in this book have been stretched so far that it is no longer appropriate to categorize them as forms of hedonism. This raises a deeper question: what in general makes it correct to categorize an axiological theory as a form of hedonism? Attempts to answer this question. Also attempts to answer it in such a way as to justify the classification of the alleged hedonisms in this book. This turns out to be a trickier problem than might at first be expected.

Keywords: axiology; basic intrinsic value states; hedonism; taxonomy

Chapter.  8659 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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