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Interesting distinction: Joy vs. Pleasure

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I have to admit that I admire Epicurus greatly, and fine the sort of false dichotomy presented by Gary Gutting in an otherwise intriguing column to be grating. Gutting writes, “What place does pleasure have in a good life?  Should we, following Epicurus and John Stuart Mill, take maximal pleasure as our overriding goal? Or are there higher moral values that trump pleasure?” Gutting seems to overlook the obvious: that observing high moral values can be quite pleasurable. I don’t see any conflict between seeking maximal pleasure and living a moral life, as if moral living were somehow unpleasant. Gutting’s statement seems to reveal more about Gutting’s worldview than about Epicurus’s philosophy.

The rest of the column, though, is quite interesting, and the distinction he draws between joy and pleasure  are interesting.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 January 2013 at 5:54 pm

Posted in Daily life

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