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Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism [Paperback]

Fred Feldman
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June 22, 2006 0199297606 978-0199297603
Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories about "the Good Life." On this view, the Good Life is the pleasant life- pleasure is the Good. Now Fred Feldman presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections. Distinguishing some diverse variants of the theory, and assessing their merits, Feldman explains why each deserves to be classified as a form of hedonism. His book offers inspiring vindication for anyone who hopes that it is possible to enjoy oneself and be good at the same time.

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"Clearly written, accessible...[the book contains an] acute, ingenious, and concise disposal of many objections to hedonism...valuable especially for its insightful discussion of many objections and alternatives to hedonism, from Plato to the present, and of Epicurus' attempts at its revision and Feldman's own."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Fred Feldman is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199297606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199297603
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Work March 24, 2009
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If you are interested in Ethics and/or Value theory/Axiology; this is a must have. Feldman provides the best formulation and defense of hedonism I have ever seen. Feldman writes in such a clear and entertaining style that you really don't need to have a lot of background to understand what is going on. However, if you are studying seriously, you cannot go wrong with Feldman. He lays out arguments and comments on them in such a way that you cannot help but follow along. He is very fair but also a bit cagey. He may not be explicitly advocating any form of hedonism, but you can figure out where his heart is at.
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