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  1. added 2018-09-26
    Wireheading as a Possible Contributor to Civilizational Decline.Alexey Turchin - manuscript
    Abstract: Advances in new technologies create new ways to stimulate the pleasure center of the human brain via new chemicals, direct application of electricity, electromagnetic fields, “reward hacking” in games and social networks, and in the future, possibly via genetic manipulation, nanorobots and AI systems. This may have two consequences: a) human life may become more interesting, b) humans may stop participating in any external activities, including work, maintenance, reproduction, and even caring for their own health, which could slowly contribute (...)
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    Sensory Versus Core Affect.Murat Aydede - manuscript
    This is the text of an invited talk exploring the connections between two apparently distinct notions of affect, sensory versus core affect. It is basically a progress report. It is exploratory and tentative. It starts from a mild puzzle about the apparent mismatch between the notion of affect that affective neuroscientists generally deploy and the notion of affect that emotion psychologists deploy. The notion favored by psychologists is the notion of core affect. The phenomenon studied by affective neuroscientists is usually (...)
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    James Warren, “The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists.” Review by Facundo Bey. [REVIEW]Facundo Bey - 2016 - Boletín de Estética 36:71-76.
    The Pleasures of Reason in Plato, Aristotle, and the Hellenistic Hedonists se centra en la relación mutua entre las capacidades humanas de sentir placer y dolor y el carácter afectivo que las une con las facultades cognitivas de aprender, comprender, recordar, evocar, planificar y anticiparse. Para esto, Warren consagra toda su agudeza analítica a eminentes obras del pensamiento antiguo: particularmente nos referimos a los diálogos platónicos República, Protágoras y Filebo. Otro tanto hace con De Anima, De Memoria et Reminiscentia, Ética (...)
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    Can They Feel? The Capacity for Pain and Pleasure in Patients with Cognitive Motor Dissociation.Mackenzie Graham - forthcoming - Neuroethics:1-17.
    Unresponsive wakefulness syndrome is a disorder of consciousness wherein a patient is awake, but completely non-responsive at the bedside. However, research has shown that a minority of these patients remain aware, and can demonstrate their awareness via functional neuroimaging; these patients are referred to as having ‘cognitive motor dissociation’. Unfortunately, we have little insight into the subjective experiences of these patients, making it difficult to determine how best to promote their well-being. In this paper, I argue that the capacity to (...)
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  5. added 2018-05-16
    Happiness, Pleasures, and Emotions.Mauro Rossi - 2018 - Philosophical Psychology 31 (6):898-919.
    In The Pursuit of Unhappiness, Daniel Haybron has defended an emotional state theory of happiness, according to which happiness consists in a broadly positive balance of emotions, moods, and mood propensities. In this paper, I argue that Haybron’s theory should be modified in two ways. First, contra Haybron, I argue that sensory pleasures should be regarded as constituents of happiness, alongside emotions and moods. I do this by showing that sensory pleasures are sufficiently similar to emotions for them to be (...)
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  6. added 2018-02-26
    XII—True and False Pleasures.Sabina Lovibond - 1990 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 90 (1):213-230.
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    The Pleasures of Sensation.Carl Pfaffmann - 1960 - Psychological Review 67 (4):253-268.
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    XX.—Short Communications: 2.—On the Summation of Pleasures.Dorothy Wrinch - 1918 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 18 (1):589-594.
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  9. added 2018-02-09
    How Pleasures Make Life Better.Andrew Alwood - 2017 - Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 31 (1):1-24.
    In this paper, I argue that Phenomenalists about pleasure can concede a key claim, Heterogeneity, commonly used to object to their theory. They also can then vindicate the aspirations of J. S. Mill’s doctrine of higher pleasures, while grounding their value claims in a naturalistic metaethics. But once Phenomenalists concede Heterogeneity they can no longer consistently endorse Hedonism as the correct theory of wellbeing, since they implicitly commit to recognizing distinct kinds of pleasure that are independently good-making. I also explore (...)
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    Pleasure and Behavior.Wells Frederic Lyman - 1924 - Journal of Philosophy 21 (20):558-559.
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  11. added 2018-02-05
    Article Review of Wilson D. Wallis, The Objectivity of Pleasure.Emily A. Lane - 1919 - Philosophical Review 28:543.
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  12. added 2018-01-29
    Pleasure and Justification.David L. Perry - 1970 - Personalist 51 (2):174-189.
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  13. added 2017-11-27
    The Affective Core of Emotion: Linking Pleasure, Subjective Well-Being, and Optimal Metastability in the Brain.Morten L. Kringelbach & Kent C. Berridge - 2017 - Emotion Review 9 (3):191-199.
    Arguably, emotion is always valenced—either pleasant or unpleasant—and dependent on the pleasure system. This system serves adaptive evolutionary functions; relying on separable wanting, liking, and learning neural mechanisms mediated by mesocorticolimbic networks driving pleasure cycles with appetitive, consummatory, and satiation phases. Liking is generated in a small set of discrete hedonic hotspots and coldspots, while wanting is linked to dopamine and to larger distributed brain networks. Breakdown of the pleasure system can lead to anhedonia and other features of affective disorders. (...)
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    The Neuroscience of Happiness and Pleasure.Morten Kringelbach & Kent Berridge - 2010 - Social Research 77 (2):659-678.
    The pursuit of happiness is a preoccupation for many people — and probably has been ever since the emergence of Homo sapiens sapiens. The scientific understanding of the brain basis of happiness and its pursuit is, however, still in its infancy. Here we focus on recent scientific research on the closely related concepts of pleasure and desire, and discuss their underlying neural mechanisms and their roles in happiness. We also speculate on potential contributions of the brain's default networks to orchestrating (...)
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    Pleasure.Anthony Manser - 1961 - Atti Del XII Congresso Internazionale di Filosofia 7:311-317.
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    Happiness, Pleasure, and Belief.Edward Skidelsky - 2017 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95 (3):435-446.
    This paper argues that happiness and pleasure are distinct states of mind because they stand in a distinct logical relation to belief. Roughly, being happy about a state of affairs s implies that one believes that s satisfies the description ‘s’ and that it is in some way good, whereas taking pleasure in s does not. In particular, Fred Feldman's analysis of happiness in terms of attitudinal pleasure overlooks this distinction.
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    The Pleasure of the Non-Conceptual: Theory, Leisure and Happiness in Hans Blumenberg’s Philosophical Anthropology.Tobias Keiling - 2016 - SATS 17 (1):81-113.
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    A New Defense of Hedonism About Well-Being.Ben Bramble - 2016 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 3.
    According to hedonism about well-being, lives can go well or poorly for us just in virtue of our ability to feel pleasure and pain. Hedonism has had many advocates historically, but has relatively few nowadays. This is mainly due to three highly influential objections to it: The Philosophy of Swine, The Experience Machine, and The Resonance Constraint. In this paper, I attempt to revive hedonism. I begin by giving a precise new definition of it. I then argue that the right (...)
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    I Will Do It If I Enjoy It! The Moderating Effect of Seeking Sensory Pleasure When Exposed to Participatory CSR Campaigns.Salvador Ruiz de Maya, Rafaela Lardín-Zambudio & Inés López-López - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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    The Twin Faces of Pleasure: The Relationship Between Pleasure and Compassion Fatigue.Di-Masi Janine, Kozlowski Desiree & Donnelly James - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
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    Pleasure-Seeking Behavior and the Drive-Reduction Hypothesis.Judson S. Brown - 1955 - Psychological Review 62 (3):169-179.
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  22. added 2016-12-08
    On Pleasure: A Reflection on Happiness From the Confucian and Daoist Perspectives.Chen Shaoming - 2010 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 5 (2):179-195.
    This paper discusses the structural relationship between ideals on pleasure and pleasure as a human psychological phenomenon in Chinese thought. It describes the psychological phenomenon of pleasure, and compares different approaches by pre-Qin Confucian and Daoist scholars. It also analyzes its development in Song and Ming Confucianism. Finally, in the conclusion, the issue is transferred to a general understanding of happiness, so as to demonstrate the modern value of the classical ideological experience.
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    The Amenability of Pleasure and Pain to Aggregation.Justin Klocksiem - 2010 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (3):293-303.
    According to several prominent philosophers, pleasure and pain come in measurable quantities. This thesis is controversial, however, and many philosophers have presented or felt compelled to respond to arguments for the conclusion that it is false. One important class of these arguments concerns the problem of aggregation, which says that if pleasure and pain were measurable quantities, then, by definition, it would be possible to perform various mathematical and statistical operations on numbers representing amounts of them. It is sometimes argued (...)
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    Philosophy of Love, Sex, and Marriage: An Introduction.Raja Halwani - 2010 - Routledge.
    How is love different from lust or infatuation? Do love and marriage really go together “like a horse and carriage”? Does sex have any necessary connection to either? And how important are love, sex, and marriage to a well-lived life? In this lively, lucid, and comprehensive textbook, Raja Halwani pursues the philosophical questions inherent in these three important aspects of human relationships, exploring the nature, uses, and ethics of romantic love, sexuality, and marriage. The book is structured in three parts: (...)
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    Precis of Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausiblity of Hedonism.Fred Feldman - 2007 - Philosophical Studies 136 (3):405-408.
  26. added 2016-12-08
    Pleasure, Knowledge and Sensation in Democritus.C. C. W. Taylor - 1967 - Phronesis 12 (1):6-27.
  27. added 2016-12-05
    Maximize Your Pleasure.Richard Schoch - 2011 - In Felicia Huppert & P. Alex Linley (eds.), Happiness and Well-Being. Routeldge. pp. 27-47.
    A essay on the epicurean philosophy of happiness and well-being.
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  28. added 2016-08-04
    An Unexpected Pleasure.Timothy Schroeder - 2006 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 36 (sup1):255-272.
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    XIII—Pleasure.A. R. Manser - 1961 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 61 (1):223-238.
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  30. added 2016-08-04
    The Nature of Pleasure.Lester F. Ward - 1897 - International Journal of Ethics 8 (1):100-101.
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    Theories of Pleasure.G. E. Underhill - 1892 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1:77-87.
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    Intentionality and the Neurobiology of Pleasure.Peter Hadreas - 1999 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 30 (2):219-236.
  33. added 2016-03-07
    Life and Pleasure.H. W. B. Joseph - 1945 - Philosophy 20 (77):195.
    Further, we come here to what for the purpose of our present argument is the most important consideration of all, viz. that if we could show that there were two kinds of neural or physiological processess, occurring respectively on all occasions of pleasure and pain, the fact would be valueless for proving that life must be predominantly pleasant. It is perhaps intelligible that to succeed or fail in purposive activity should bring respectively contentment and discontent rather than vice-versa; but that (...)
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  34. added 2016-01-06
    Meditation-Induced Bliss Viewed as Release From Conditioned Neural (Thought) Patterns That Block Reward Signals in the Brain Pleasure Center.P. E. Sharp - 2013 - Religion, Brain and Behavior 3 (4):202-229.
    The nucleus accumbens orchestrates processes related to reward and pleasure, including the addictive consequences of repeated reward (e.g., drug addiction and compulsive gambling) and the accompanying feelings of craving and anhedonia. The neurotransmitters dopamine and endogenous opiates play interactive roles in these processes. They are released by natural rewards (i.e., food, water, sex, money, play, etc.) and are released or mimicked by drugs of abuse. Repeated drug use induces conditioned down-regulation of these neurotransmitters, thus causing painful suppression of everyday pleasure. (...)
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  35. added 2015-09-14
    Pleasure and Behavior. [REVIEW]Flora I. MacKinnon - 1924 - Journal of Philosophy 21 (20):558-559.
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  36. added 2015-06-29
    Good, Conation, and Pleasure.Richard Kraut - 2007 - In What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being. Harvard University Press. pp. 66-130.
  37. added 2015-05-19
    Review of Perry, The Concept of Pleasure. [REVIEW]C. C. W. Taylor - 1968 - Philosophical Books 9 (1):19-21.
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  38. added 2015-05-18
    Polymorphous Pleasures: A Study in Grace.Karmen Mackendrick - 1994 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    The dissertation is an exploration of pleasure, particularly in its more intense forms, as a moment of paradox . It is suggested that the paradoxicality of pleasure unfolds particularly in relation to time and to desire. In the case of time, moments of pleasure seem to move between, or to display the paradoxicality of, time as movement and eternity, often considered atemporal. Pleasure likewise seems to move between desire and satisfaction. Theories of pleasure and particular cases of pleasure are examined (...)
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  39. added 2015-04-16
    The Pursuit of Pleasure by Lionel Tiger. [REVIEW]Jeff Gorbski - 1997 - Utopian Studies 8 (1):242-244.
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  40. added 2015-03-23
    The Two Facets of Pleasure.Laura Sizer - 2013 - Philosophical Topics 41 (1):215-236.
    Several tensions run through philosophical debates on the nature of pleasure: is it a feeling or an attitude? Is it excited engagement during activities, or satisfaction and contentment at their completion? Pleasure also plays fundamental explanatory roles in psychology, neuroscience, and animal behavior. I draw on this work to argue that pleasure picks out two distinct, but interacting neurobiological systems with long evolutionary histories. Understanding pleasure as having these two facets gives us a better account of pleasure and explains the (...)
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  41. added 2015-03-23
    Pleasure: Its Objects and its Relation to Action.James Donald Wallace - 1963 - Dissertation, Cornell University
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  42. added 2015-03-09
    PERRY, D. L. - "The Concept of Pleasure". [REVIEW]A. Palmer - 1971 - Mind 80:308.
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    Pleasure and Sensation.Richard Warren Momeyer - 1970 - Dissertation, University of Washington
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    Pleasure, Happiness and Aesthetics in Leopardi's "Zibaldone".Kristin Ellis Solomon - 1999 - Dissertation, Yale University
    This dissertation examines Giacomo Leopardi's philosophy of pleasure and happiness in his philosophic journal, the Zibaldone di pensieri . Leopardi writes that man has lost his ability to find happiness in the modern world, because he has come to rely too much on his reasoning faculty. Reason destroys man's link to the imagination, which is the source of human happiness; as a result, it would appear that we are doomed to unhappiness because we cannot escape reason. In this study, however, (...)
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    Emotions as Pleasure/Pain Responses to Evaluative Judgments: A Modern, Aristotelian View.Linda Reardan - 1999 - Dissertation, The Claremont Graduate University
    Theories of emotion are typically classified according to which of four elements of emotion the theory considers to be essential: inner feeling or affect; evaluative cognition; bodily changes; and action-tendency. This dissertation argues for a "comprehensive" theory, i.e., a theory that recognizes all four elements to be essential. ;It extends Aristotle's comprehensive theory and his view of the role of emotions in practical thought and in action by arguing that emotions are a certain type of Aristotelian pleasure/pain. If pleasure/pain is (...)
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    The Concept of Pleasure and the Thesis of Hedonism.William Smith Heald - 1984 - Dissertation, The University of Iowa
    One of the most enduring claims of philosophy is the assertion that people are motivated to act only from a desire for pleasure. It is an assertion, a "theory" if you like, which has been proposed, assumed, discussed, debated, refuted and proved as long as people have reflected on people's motives for doing what they do. Aside from its pedigree, the issue of the truth of this thesis is both interesting and important in its own right. It is a thesis (...)
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  47. added 2014-11-10
    Pleasure: A History.Lisa Shapiro (ed.) - forthcoming - Oxford University Press.
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  48. added 2014-10-11
    A Contemporary Account of Sensory Pleasure.Murat Aydede - 2018 - In Lisa Shapiro (ed.), Pleasure: A History. New York, USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 239-266.
    [This is the penultimate version, please send me an email for the final version]. Some sensations are pleasant, some unpleasant, and some are neither. Furthermore, those that are pleasant or unpleasant are so to different degrees. In this essay, I want to explore what kind of a difference is the difference between these three kinds of sensations. I will develop a comprehensive three-level account of sensory pleasure that is simultaneously adverbialist, functionalist and is also a version of a satisfied experiential-desire (...)
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    Towards a Functional Neuroanatomy of Pleasure and Happiness.Morten L. Kringelbach & Kent C. Berridge - 2009 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13 (11):479-487.
  50. added 2014-05-12
    Pleasure.Justin Gosling - 1992 - In Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Ethics. Garland Publishing. pp. 978--981.
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