Utilitarianism, Hedonism, and Desert
Essays in Moral Philosophy
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Utilitarianism, Hedonism, and Desert by Fred Feldman
Book DescriptionFred Feldman is an important philosopher, who has made a substantial contribution to utilitarian moral philosophy. This collection of ten previously published essays plus a new introductory essay reveal the striking originality and unity of his views. Feldman's version of utilitarianism differs from traditional forms in that it evaluates behaviour by appeal to the values of accessible worlds. These worlds are in turn evaluated in terms of the amounts of pleasure they contain, but the conception of pleasure involved is a novel one and the formulation of hedonism improved. In Feldman's view pleasure is not a feeling but a propositional attitude. He also deals with problems of justice that affect standard forms of utilitarianism. The collection is ideally suited for courses on contemporary utilitarian theory.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521598422
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Hedonism has been one of the attractive and controversial theories about 'the Good Life'. This book presents a formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the important objections. Distinguishing some diverse variants of the theory, and assessing their merits, it explains why each deserves to be classified as a form of hedonism.
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