Themes and Puzzles

Fred Feldman

in Pleasure and the Good Life

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199265169
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601385 | DOI:
 Themes and Puzzles

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Contains a review of the main themes of the book and a description of my vision of the Good Life. It also contains an admission of some of the puzzles left unsolved here. Among the main themes are: the importance of being clear about what an axiological theory is supposed to tell us; the importance of formulating one's proposed axiological theory (hedonistic or not) in a coherent way; the importance of recognizing the distinction between forms of sensory hedonism and forms of attitudinal hedonism; the advantages of attitudinal hedonism and its capacity (especially in desert‐adjusted forms) to avoid classic objections; the plasticity of attitudinal hedonism; the importance and interest (and difficulty) of determining precisely what makes it correct to categorize an axiological theory as ‘hedonism’.

Keywords: axiology; desert; hedonism; the repugnant conclusion; totalism

Chapter.  3613 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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