Webcast Q&A: 2 January 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on hedonism on 2 January 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What's wrong with hedonism? What's the difference between "rational selfishness" and hedonism? What's wrong with attempting to maximize pleasure over the course of a whole life?
My Answer, In Brief: Hedonism is purely subjective: it says that a person ought to pursue whatever he finds pleasurable. Rational egoism is objective: it says that a person ought to pursue what actually promotes his life as a rational human being.
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