Hedonism and Desire Satisfaction Theory

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Hedonism and the desire-satisfaction theory

Hedonism and the desire-satisfaction theory of welfare are typically seen as archrivals in the contest over identifying what makes one’s life better. It is surprising, then, that the most plausible form of hedonism is desire satisfactionism. The hedonism theory focuses on pleasure/happiness while the desire-satisfaction theory elucidates the relevance of fulfilling our desires. Pleasure, in some points of view is the subjective satisfaction of desire. I will explain the similarities and the differences between the desire-satisfaction theory of value and hedonism. I will also discuss the most successful theory and defend my argument by explaining how the theory
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It is not justifiable that the happiness derived from doing evil is the same as the happiness that is derived from the right deeds. What if killing someone is pleasurable? This means that the actions that cause sadness to a certain individual are pleasurable to another.
The objections to hedonism suggest that there exist other things other than happiness which are valuable. Such things include love, friendship and many more others. This objection proves that happiness is just one of the numerous things that make life good but not the only thing that makes life good.
Life must be made easier and comfortable for it to be useful. There are various things that can enhance one’s life such as happiness and desires. The hedonism theory states that pleasure or happiness is the only thing required in life. It doesn’t matter whether the pleasure is derived from the right deeds or wrong deeds. On the other hand, the desire satisfaction theory is for the idea that apart from pleasure, there are several other enhancers of good life such as love and friendship. One has to fulfill his/her desires to make life comfortable. Hedonism does not provide conclusive reasons as to why happiness is the only life enhancer. This calls for disapproval of the hedonism theory and the appraisal of the desire satisfaction theory. With reasonable arguments, it is obvious that happiness is not the only thing that can make life better.

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