The Role of Pleasure in Well-Being

In Guy Fletcher (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Well-Being. Routledge (2015)
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Abstract

What is the role of pleasure in determining a person’s well-being? I start by considering the nature of pleasure (i.e., what pleasure is). I then consider what factors, if any, can affect how much a given pleasure adds to a person’s lifetime well-being other than its degree of pleasurableness (i.e., how pleasurable it is). Finally, I consider whether it is plausible that there is any other way to add to somebody’s lifetime well-being than by giving him some pleasure or helping him to avoid some pain.

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Ben Bramble
Australian National University

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