Utilitas

Research Article

The Nature of Pleasure: A Critique of Feldman

ELINOR MASONa1

a1 University of Edinburgh elinor.mason@ed.ac.uk

Abstract

In these remarks on Feldman's recent book, Pleasure and the Good Life, I concentrate on Feldman's account of pleasure as attitudinal. I argue that an account of pleasure according to which pleasure need not have any feel is implausible. I suggest that Feldman could avoid this problem but retain the advantages of his attitudinal hedonism by giving an account of the attitude ‘taking pleasure in’ such that the attitude has a feel.