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Single Idea 8104

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / c. Value of pleasure]

Full Idea

What will you think of pleasures when you no longer enjoy them?

Gist of Idea

What will you think of pleasures when you no longer enjoy them?

Source

Joseph Joubert (Notebooks [1800], 1802)

Book Reference

Joubert,Joseph: 'Notebooks', ed/tr. Auster,Paul [nyrb 2005], p.78


A Reaction

A lovely test question for aspiring young hedonists! It doesn't follow at all that we will despise past pleasures. The judgement may be utilitarian - that we regret the pleasures that harmed others, but love the harmless ones. Shame is social.