Hedonism [Noun.]


A general devotion to the pursuit of pleasure; in ethics, the belief that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life. Some hedonists, such as the Epicureans, have insisted that pleasure of the entire mind, not just pleasure of the senses, is the highest good.

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5 thoughts on “Hedonism [Noun.]

  1. While I certainly can’t fault the pursuit of pleasure, there are often things that need doing, that aren’t particularly pleasurable. My dinner dishes spring to mind.

  2. How about this big word: eudemonism. I ascribe to the theory (verifiable to me by my own experience) that to find one’s ultimate pleasure, one must always be seeking and practicing ways to give pleasure to others – without reservations. If my understanding of the term is correct, that is called eudemonism. Pursuit of pleasure strictly for one’s self would be narcissism. I always thought of hedonism as a ‘laissez-faire’ sort of approach to life too close to narcissism for comfort.

  3. Au contraire, mon cher – more like “Never of a practical mind” – I just don’t like doing dishes. I’ve discovered if I place them outside, near an ant den, those little buggers will work all night getting them clean for you – it’s like having elves living in your garden (but I’m not sure how practical that is –).

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