The utility of pleasure is a pain for decision theory

Journal of Philosophy 89 (1):10-29 (1992)
We shall defend two theses: (a) if a decision situation exhibits a certain causal structure, then decision theory is in trouble, because the derivation of expected utilities fails; (b) this causal structure in fact obtains in a specific, but very common kind of situation, namely, when the intrinsically evaluated psychological states are in the domain of the utility function. It will be apparent that the problem is but a variant of Joseph Butler's criticism of hedonism. Thus, in a sense, the point of our paper is that modern theorizing about practical deliberation has not dealt seriously with Butler's criticism.
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DOI 10.2307/2026890
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