Research Article

The Consistency of Qualitative Hedonism and the Value of (at Least Some) Malicious Pleasures


a1 University of Reading G.Fletcher@Reading.ac.uk


In this article, I examine two of the standard objections to forms of value hedonism. The first is the common claim, most famously made by Bradley and Moore, that Mill's qualitative hedonism is inconsistent. The second is the apparent problem for quantitative hedonism in dealing with malicious pleasures. I argue that qualitative hedonism is consistent, even if it is implausible on other grounds. I then go on to show how our intuitions about malicious pleasure might be misleading.


For helpful comments on earlier drafts, I would like to thank Brad Hooker, Penelope Mackie and Chris Woodard.