hedonic calculus

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  • hedonic calculus — (in utilitarianism) appraisal of possible alternative choices in terms of the amount of pleasure to be gained and pain to be avoided in each. Also called calculus of pleasure. * * * hedonic calculus, = felicific calculus. (Cf. ↑felicific… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hedonic calculus — (in utilitarianism) appraisal of possible alternative choices in terms of the amount of pleasure to be gained and pain to be avoided in each. Also called calculus of pleasure. * * * …   Universalium

  • calculus of pleasure. — See hedonic calculus. * * * …   Universalium

  • calculus of pleasure. — See hedonic calculus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Felicific calculus — Part of a series on Utilitarianism …   Wikipedia

  • felicific calculus — noun A quasi mathematical technique proposed by 19th century utilitarian ethical theorists for determining the net amount of happiness, pleasure, or utility resulting from an action, sometimes regarded as a precursor of …   Wiktionary

  • felicific calculus — felicific calculus, Philosophy. a utilitarian method for calculating the best course of action by determining the preponderance of pleasure over pain in any act or decision; hedonic calculus …   Useful english dictionary

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  • utilitarianism — /yooh til i tair ee euh niz euhm/, n. the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons. [1820 30; UTILITARIAN + ISM] * * * Ethical… …   Universalium

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