Six theses about pleasure

Philosophical Perspectives 18 (1):247-267 (2004)

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Stuart Rachels
University of Alabama
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I defend these claims: (1) 'Pleasure' has exactly one English antonym: 'unpleasure.' (2) Pleasure is the most convincing example of an organic unity. (3) The hedonic calculus is a joke. (4) An important type of pleasure is background pleasure. (5) Pleasures in bad company are still good. (6) Higher pleasures aren't pleasures (and if they were, they wouldn't be higher). Thesis (1) merely concerns terminology, but theses (2)-(6) are substantive, evaluative claims
Keywords Ethics  Hedonism  Pleasure  Organic Unities  Higher Pleasures
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DOI 10.1111/j.1520-8583.2004.00028.x
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