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Pleasure and Displeasure

Timothy Schroeder

in Three Faces of Desire

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172379
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172379.003.0004

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Pleasure and Displeasure

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Pleasure and displeasure are phenomena so familiar that there seems no need for a summary of everyday knowledge of them. This chapter describes the folk psychology of hedonic tone and the evidence on neuroscience of pleasure. In addition, the four incorrect theories of pleasure are shown. It also provides the three brief arguments to defend the thesis that pleasure and displeasure are distinctive types of conscious events rather than behavioral styles. Moreover, a representational theory of pleasure and the objections to the theory are discussed. Lastly, pleasure and theories of desire are explained.

Keywords: pleasure; displeasure; theory of desire; hedonic tone; neuroscience; psychology

Chapter.  19288 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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