psychological hedonism

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  • psychological hedonism — noun : the theory that conduct and especially all human behavior is fundamentally motivated by the pursuit of pleasure or the avoidance of pain distinguished from hedonism …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hedonism — is the philosophy that pleasure is of ultimate importance, the most important pursuit. The name derives from the Greek word for delight (polytonic|ἡδονισμός hēdonismos from polytonic|ἡδονή hēdonē pleasure , a cognate of English sweet + suffix… …   Wikipedia

  • Psychological egoism — is the view that humans are always motivated by self interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. It claims that when people choose to help others, it is ultimately because of the personal benefits they themselves expect to obtain,… …   Wikipedia

  • hedonism — Synonyms and related words: Christian ethics, Cyrenaic hedonism, Cyrenaicism, Stoicism, altruistic ethics, appetite, appetitiveness, aretaics, casuistry, categorical imperative, comparative ethics, deontology, egoistic ethics, empiricism,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Hedonism — • The name given to the group of ethical systems that hold, with various modifications, that feelings of pleasure or happiness are the highest and final aim of conduct; that, consequently those actions which increase the sum of pleasure are… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • universalistic hedonism — noun : an ethical theory that the supreme good and the determining consideration of moral conduct is the greatest happiness of the greatest number : utilitarianism 1 contrasted with egoistic hedonism; compare psychological hedonism …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paradox of hedonism — The paradox of hedonism, also called the pleasure paradox, is the idea in the study of ethics which points out that pleasure and happiness are strange phenomena that do not obey normal principles. First explicitly noted by the philosopher Henry… …   Wikipedia

  • Bradley, F.H. — Bradley T.L.S.Sprigge INTRODUCTORY F.H.Bradley (1846–1924) was a fellow of Merton College, Oxford, for all his adult life. Though his personality and life are interesting, information about them is not required for an understanding of his… …   History of philosophy

  • Epicureanism — /ep i kyoo ree euh niz euhm, kyoor ee /, n. 1. the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from… …   Universalium

  • British moralists of the eighteenth century: Shaftesbury, Butler and Price — David McNaughton In this chapter I discuss the moral theories of three influential writers: Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671–1713); Joseph Butler (1692–1752) and Richard Price (1723–91). All three wrote extensively on issues …   History of philosophy

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