Pleasure and the Good Life

Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories. In this text, the author presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections.

Author: Fred Feldman

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199265169

Category: Philosophy

Page: 221

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Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories. In this text, the author presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections.
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Pleasure and the Good Life

recognise that pleasure qua pleasure always is pure or true”. The hedonistic calculus, then, ... Intensity alone does not render a pleasure good.

Author: Paul van Riel

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004321106

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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This volume concentrates on a hedonistic argument that enters the philosophical debate, when philosophers argue that what they present as the good life is the truly pleasurable life. The book investigates more precisely how this point was made by Plato and his successors.
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Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life

of the body and its pleasures; or that pleasure is not the good, but still is a good; or that pleasure is not to be removed from the best life, ...

Author: Daniel Russell

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199282845

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Daniel Russell examines Plato's subtle and insightful analysis of pleasure and explores its intimate connections with his discussions of value and human psychology. Russell offers a fresh perspective on how good things bear on happiness in Plato's ethics, and shows that, for Plato, pleasure cannot determine happiness because pleasure lacks a direction of its own. Plato presents wisdom as a skill of living that determines happiness by directing one's life as a whole, bringing aboutgoodness in all areas of one's life, as a skill brings about order in its materials. The 'materials' of the skill of living are, in the first instance, not things like money or health, but one's attitudes, emotions, and desires where things like money and health are concerned. Plato recognizes thatthese 'materials' of the psyche are inchoate, ethically speaking, and in need of direction from wisdom. Among them is pleasure, which Plato treats not as a sensation but as an attitude with which one ascribes value to its object. However, Plato also views pleasure, once shaped and directed by wisdom, as a crucial part of a virtuous character as a whole. Consequently, Plato rejects all forms of hedonism, which allows happiness to be determined by a part of the psyche that does not direct one'slife but is among the materials to be directed. At the same time, Plato is also able to hold both that virtue is sufficient for happiness, and that pleasure is necessary for happiness, not as an addition to one's virtue, but as a constituent of one's whole virtuous character itself. Plato thereforeoffers an illuminating role for pleasure in ethics and psychology, one to which we may be unaccustomed: pleasure emerges not as a sensation or even a mode of activity, but as an attitude - one of the ways in which we construe our world - and as such, a central part of every character.
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Pleasure and the Good Life

Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories. In this text, the author presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections.

Author: Fred Feldman

Publisher:

ISBN: 0191601381

Category: Hedonism

Page: 221

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Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories. In this text, the author presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections.
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Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research

theory of pleasure and the self-sufficiency criterion of acceptability for a good life were incompatible. As we will see below, alternative theories of ...

Author: Kenneth C. Land

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400724217

Category: Social Science

Page: 593

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The aim of the Handbook of Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research is to create an overview of the field of Quality of Life (QOL) studies in the early years of the 21st century that can be updated and improved upon as the field evolves and the century unfolds. Social indicators are statistical time series “...used to monitor the social system, helping to identify changes and to guide intervention to alter the course of social change”. Examples include unemployment rates, crime rates, estimates of life expectancy, health status indices, school enrollment rates, average achievement scores, election voting rates, and measures of subjective well-being such as satisfaction with life-as-a-whole and with specific domains or aspects of life. This book provides a review of the historical development of the field including the history of QOL in medicine and mental health as well as the research related to quality-of-work-life (QWL) programs. It discusses several of QOL main concepts: happiness, positive psychology, and subjective wellbeing. Relations between spirituality and religiousness and QOL are examined as are the effects of educational attainment on QOL and marketing, and the associations with economic growth. The book goes on to investigate methodological approaches and issues that should be considered in measuring and analysing quality of life from a quantitative perspective. The final chapters are dedicated to research on elements of QOL in a broad range of countries and populations.
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Nature Reason and the Good Life

How are pleasure and pain relevant to ethics? A simple answer would be: 'Pleasure is good, and pain is bad; and ethics has to do with what's good and what's ...

Author: Roger Teichmann

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199606177

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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At the centre of our ethical thought stands the human being. Roger Teichmann examines the ways in which facts about human nature determine the shape of ethical concepts such as rationality, virtue, and happiness. He argues that only by attending to the social and empirical character of language use can we address a number of problems in ethics.
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Musonius Rufus and Education in the Good Life

Starting from the generally accepted premise that every good is ... we succeed in proving that pleasure is not a good: that is we prove the unknown or ...

Author: J. T. Dillon

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761829024

Category: Education

Page: 101

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Called 'The Roman Socrates, ' Musonius Rufus is a first-century Stoic philosopher who was famous for living and teaching the good life of virtue. This book describes his exemplary life, his ethical teachings, and the practical methods he used to educate people in the good life. Based on the ancient texts and modern scholarship, this book is the first comprehensive treatment of Musonius Rufus's life, teachings, and methods
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The Theoretic Life A Classical Ideal and its Modern Fate

To ask whether the Life of Enjoyment is the best form of human life is to ask whether pleasure has the character of the supreme good.

Author: Alexander S. Rosenthal-Pubul

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030022815

Category: Philosophy

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In this work, Alexander Rosenthal Pubul presents a broad examination of the ancient philosophical question: “What is the good life?”, while addressing how the liberal arts can help us to answer this question. Greek philosophy distinguished between the “noble” (what is good in itself), from the merely “useful” (good for something else). From thence follows the distinction between the liberal arts which pursue such noble goods and the mechanical arts which are only instrumental. For Aristotle, the most noble and excellent good is wisdom itself. Hence the theoretic life devoted to the love of wisdom for its own sake –philosophy - is the highest and the most excellent. This work theorizes the origins of modernity in a rebellion against this Greek conception resulting in a complete inversion of the classical hierarchy. Sir. Francis Bacon reconceiving the purpose of knowledge as power, enthroned technology over philosophy and the liberal arts. The unfolding of the modern Baconian revolution progressively sidelines the liberal arts, as practical economic and technical utility become the standard of value. In assessing this problem, the book engages in a capacious journey across disciplines like philosophy, history, art, politics, and science. It is also a veritable tour across the Western intellectual tradition including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Thomas Aquinas, Bacon, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche, Dewey, Berdyaev, Einstein, and Heidegger. It pleads the urgent need to preserve the humanizing cultural ideals of the ancient classics against the modern tyranny of utility and the dangers of a new barbarism.
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Plato on Pleasure and the Good Life

Is pleasure inherent to Plato's conception of the goof life? Daniel Russell presents a detailed study of this fascinating topic.

Author: Daniel C. Russell

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:767812477

Category: Conduct of life

Page: 272

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Is pleasure inherent to Plato's conception of the goof life? Daniel Russell presents a detailed study of this fascinating topic.
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Creating the Good Life

CONFUSING PLEASURE WITH HAPPINESS 115 For the vast majority of men and women , the great tragedy of life is not getting what we want .

Author: James O'Toole

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1594861250

Category: Self-Help

Page: 304

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Draws on the wisdom and teachings of the ancient Greek philosopher to help readers plan for a more useful, moral, and meaningful life, addressing such profound questions as "How do I find meaning and satisfaction?" and "What are my responsibilities to my community?" 40,000 first printing.
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Philosophy in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds

A philosophy that demands we give up all pleasure seemed to them too demanding. The trick was to show that although pleasure is not the good, the best life ...

Author: Peter Adamson

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198728023

Category: History

Page: 360

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Peter Adamson offers an accessible, humorous tour through a period of eight hundred years when some of the most influential of all schools of thought were formed. He introduces us to Cynics and Skeptics, Epicureans and Stoics, emperors and slaves, and traces the development of early Christian philosophy and of ancient science. A major theme of the book is in fact the competition between pagan and Christian philosophy in this period, and the Jewish traditionappears in the shape of Philo of Alexandria. Ancient science is also considered, with chapters on ancient medicine and the interaction between philosophy and astronomy. Considerable attention is paid also tothe wider historical context, for instance by looking at the ascetic movement in Christianity and how it drew on ideas from Hellenic philosophy. From the counter-cultural witticisms of Diogenes the Cynic to the subtle skepticism of Sextus Empiricus, from the irreverent atheism of the Epicureans to the ambitious metaphysical speculation of Neoplatonism, from the ethical teachings of Marcus Aurelius to the political philosophy of Augustine, the book gathers together all aspects of later ancientthought in an accessible and entertaining way.
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Happiness and Well Being

Wealth, Pleasure and Virtue in Good Life Rajendra M. Chakrabarti. It follows that though pleasure is not the same thing as wellbeing, pleasure is associated ...

Author: Rajendra M. Chakrabarti

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 9781684660445

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 362

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The book seeks to answer the following main questions: What is meant by happiness? What are the sources of happiness? What is meant by the well-being of man? What is the end in human life? When can we say that a man is successful in life? How can he be happy and successful? It is argued that happiness is not pleasure; it does not come through high income and consumption; beyond certain levels income and consumption cause dissatisfaction, unhappiness and alienation. The book upholds the Aristotelian view that happiness means living well – living a life of excellence. It discusses how moral judgment and habituation help the development of good life. It analyses paths of spiritual liberation, the highest state of human happiness. It also argues for a liberal state where people enjoy different negative and positive freedoms making possible flourishing of human diversities
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Tourists Tourism and the Good Life

The importance of pleasure as a prime mover for social life is not ... is also a key concept in many popular views of what constitutes the good life (Diener ...

Author: Philip Pearce

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136930270

Category: Business & Economics

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Tourism is arguably one of the largest self-initiated commercial interventions to create well-being and happiness on the entire planet. Yet there is a lack of specific attention to the ways in which we can better understand and evaluate the relationship between well-being and travel. The recent surge of scholarly work in positive psychology concerned with human well-being and flourishing represents a contemporary force with the potential to embellish and augment much current tourism study. This book maps out the field and then draws links between tourists, tourism and positive psychology. It discusses topics such as the issue of excess materialism and its fragile relationship with well-being, the value of positive psychology to lifestyle businesses, and the insights of the research field to spa and wellness tourism. This volume will interest those who study and practise tourism as well as scholars and graduate students in a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, business and leisure.
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Notes on the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle

8 . oubavn ] The notion of the Chief Good ' throws the light of science ' upon the
complicated phenomena of human life . ... Again , our Definition gives due place
to Pleasure , for the life of well - doing ' has its own pleasure — an inherent ...

Author: John Alexander Stewart

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105004895129

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Happiness and the Good Life

An individual good life has multiple value dimensions that include ... a range of moral values that are not reducible to maximizing pleasure and happiness.

Author: Mike W. Martin

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199845217

Category: Philosophy

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Philosopher Mike W. Martin here examines the meaning of happiness by connecting it to the philosophical notion of "the good life."
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On the Good Life

These works offer a timeless reflection upon the human condition, and a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of Ancient Rome.

Author: Cicero

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141920184

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 384

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For the great Roman orator and statesman Cicero, 'the good life' was at once a life of contentment and one of moral virtue - and the two were inescapably intertwined. This volume brings together a wide range of his reflections upon the importance of moral integrity in the search for happiness. In essays that are articulate, meditative and inspirational, Cicero presents his views upon the significance of friendship and duty to state and family, and outlines a clear system of practical ethics that is at once simple and universal. These works offer a timeless reflection upon the human condition, and a fascinating insight into the mind of one of the greatest thinkers of Ancient Rome.
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People with intellectual disabilities

The story poses a distinction between a Good Life, which is seen as one of duty and 'virtue', and one that is given to pleasure. Such a division between the ...

Author: Johnson, Kelley

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781847428974

Category: Social Science

Page: 204

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What does it mean to live a good life? Why has it proved so difficult for people with intellectual disabilities to live one? What happens when we make a good life the centre of our consideration of people with intellectual disabilities? These questions are explored through a re-examination of ideas from philosophy and social theory, and through personal life stories. This important and timely book provides an analysis and critique of current policies and underpinning ideologies in relation to people with intellectual disabilities and explores ways in which a good life may be made more attainable.
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Beyond Pleasure and Pain

Many times in life we choose between a set of positive alternatives, ... The Problem With Aristotle's Idea of The Good Life Not only are there several ...

Author: E. Tory Higgins

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199765829

Category: Psychology

Page: 554

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How does motivation work? Scientific research shows that people are motivated to be effective in different ways that go beyond the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. In this text, E. Tory Higgins provides a new theory of motivation that argues that people are motivated by the pursuit of value, truth, and control, but the central story to motivation lies in how these elements work together.
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Essays on Ultimate Questions

The purpose of morality is to allow people to live good lives within the community
, to regulate the violation of the rights and ... Sex in the good life is no more a
problem to describe than the role of knowledge or pleasure in the good life . If
such ...

Author: Joseph Wayne Smith

Publisher: Gower Publishing Company

ISBN: STANFORD:36105038354887

Category: Philosophy

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Thirteen (largely) thematically unconnected essays dealing with some ultimate, but not esoteric, questions in modern metaphysical epistemology.
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