Bitesize ethics: Hedonism and pleasure
This is the last class of the 5-day mini-series of Bitesize ethics, which provides a short introduction to the study of practical ethics by looking at some of the issues that concern philosophers and the public alike today. You are welcome to book every
class or just drop in for your favourite topic.
The talk will begin with the question of what pleasure is. It will then go on to explain hedonism as a theory about what makes life worth living, and as a theory about how we should act (i.e. utilitarianism). The talk will end by raising some questions
about how we should measure pleasure and compare it to pain, and about the practical importance of pleasure and pain for some key ethical decisions.