Department of Sociology and Philosophy Seminar with Dr Ed Skidelsky, 'Happiness and Pleasure'
SpeakersDr Ed Skidelsky, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Exeter
Department of Sociology and PhilosophyUniversity of ExeterAmory BuildingRennes DriveExeter EX4 4RJUnited Kingdom
Room no: Amory 315
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title: Happiness and Pleasure
In the utilitarian tradition, happiness and pleasure are not usually distinguished. I argue that this is a mistake. Happiness typically entails beliefs about the world; pleasure typically does not. Once the distinction between happiness and pleasure is recognised, utilitarianism as an ethical system becomes considerably less attractive.