(from Gk. hedone, pleasure). Ethical hedonism holds that only pleasure (or enjoyment, or happiness) or pleasant states of mind are intrinsically desirable and that only displeasure (pain) or unpleasant states of mind are undesirable. But pleasure is not to be equated with sensory enjoyment. Hedonists are not agreed on a single definition or description of pleasure. Psychological hedonism seeks pleasure in goals to be achieved, pleasant contemplation or thought, or conditioning by pleasant experiences. See also Cyrenaics; Epicureanism; Eudaemonism; Sensationalism.
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