Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism

Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism

by Fred Feldman
     
 

ISBN-10: 019926516X

ISBN-13: 9780199265169

Pub. Date: 06/03/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories about "the Good Life." On this view, the Good Life is the pleasant life— pleasure is the Good. Now Fred Feldman presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections. Distinguishing some diverse

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Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories about "the Good Life." On this view, the Good Life is the pleasant life— pleasure is the Good. Now Fred Feldman presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections. Distinguishing some diverse variants of the theory, and assessing their merits, Feldman explains why each deserves to be classified as a form of hedonism. His book offers inspiring vindication for anyone who hopes that it is possible to enjoy oneself and be good at the same time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199265169
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/03/2004
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Quest for the Good Life7
2Hedonism: A Preliminary Formulation21
App. AAnother Defective Formulation35
3Classic Objections to Hedonism38
4Attitudinal Hedonism55
App. BReflections on the Attitudinal/Sensory Distinction79
App. CThe Hedonism of Epicurus91
5Replies to Some Objections108
6Hedonism and the Shape of a Life124
7G. E. Moore, Hedonist?142
App. DDarwall on Valuing Activity160
8But is it Really "Hedonism"?168
9Problems about Beauty and Justice188
10Themes and Puzzles199
Bibliography207
Index213

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