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Butler's stone and ultimate psychological hedonism
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
2013 (English)In: Philosophia (Ramat Gan), ISSN 0048-3893, E-ISSN 1574-9274, Vol. 41, no 2, 545-553 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses psychological hedonism with special reference to the writings of Bishop Butler, and Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson. Contrary to philosophical orthodoxy, Sober and Wilson have argued that Butler failed to refute psychological hedonism. In this paper it is argued: (1) that there is a difference between reductive and ultimate psychological hedonism; (2) that Butler failed to refute ultimate psychological hedonism, but that he succeeded in refuting reductive psychological hedonism; and, finally and more importantly, (3) that Butler's criticism of reductive hedonism can be used as a stepping-stone in another argument showing the implausibility of ultimate psychological hedonism as well.

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2013. Vol. 41, no 2, 545-553 p.
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psychological hedonism, psychological egoism, desires, Butler, Sober and Wilson
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Hälsa och välfärd, Psykologisk egoism - för och emot
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11287DOI: 10.1007/s11406-012-9411-4ISI: 000319358300022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-11287DiVA: diva2:571022
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Available from: 2012-11-21 Created: 2012-11-21 Last updated: 2015-06-29Bibliographically approved

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