Pleasure and Its Contraries


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Olivier Massin
Université de Neuchâtel
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What is the contrary of pleasure? “Pain” is one common answer. This paper argues that pleasure instead has two natural contraries: unpleasure and hedonic indifference. This view is defended by drawing attention to two often-neglected concepts: the formal relation of polar opposition and the psychological state of hedonic indifference. The existence of mixed feelings, it is argued, does not threaten the contrariety of pleasure and unpleasure
Keywords pleasure  pain  unpleasure  Brentano  indifference  ambivalence  mixed feelings  contraries  incompatibility  opposition
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DOI 10.1007/s13164-014-0179-2
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