Felt-quality and Attitudinal Accounts of Pleasure and Pain in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Philosophy
Usher, Matthew L
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A problem that emerges when analysing the arguments for and against hedonism is that each side has its own conception of the nature of pleasure and pain and paradigmatic examples which support their own argument. In this paper, I examine a disagreement that can be observed back in the arguments of the philosophers of classical Greek period, as to whether pleasures and/or pains are essentially feelings or more like propositional attitudes. I suggest Plato’s arguments in the Philebus are in accord with current thinking in this area, and push away from subjectivist conceptions of the good towards those that are objectivist.