Research Seminar - An Argument for Hedonism

Andrew Forechimes will be presenting for approximately half an hour, which will be followed by an informal discussion. All are welcome and there is no need to book.

(Andrew Forechimes)

'In this talk, I’ll forward an argument for Welfare Hedonism – the view that one’s welfare is exhaustively determined by one’s experiences of pleasure and pain. This argument rests mainly with the following three claims: First, a person’s welfare supervenes on her mental states. Second, the same theory of welfare is true for every human welfare subject. Third, there is only one type of thing that is intrinsically good for people, and only one type of thing that is intrinsically bad for people. These three claims are plausible. And, once accepted, Welfare Hedonism is hard to resist.'