Erosophia Podcast #22: Pleasure and The Purpose of Life


In this episode of the Erosophia Podcast, Jason, Devin, and William discuss the role of pleasure in life, the life focussed on pleasure (hedonism), and whether that is a real path to living a good life.

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Today’s Topic: Pleasure and the Purpose of Life

 What is hedonism?  Is it simply the pursuit of pleasure?  Is there more to it?  Can pleasure be pursued directly?  Is pleasure just pleasure or is there more to it?  Are there moral alternatives to hedonism?  Do these need to be pleasureless?  The answer to all of these questions and more in this episode of the Erosophia Podcast!

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Thanks to Jennifer Snow for editing the podcast.

1 Response to “Erosophia Podcast #22: Pleasure and The Purpose of Life”

  1. Jennifer Snow

    One thing I mentioned to Jason after I finished editing the podcast is that I think it’s important to note that hedonism, as a principle, will always degenerate toward least-common-denominator simplistic “pig” type pleasures. One cannot pursue pleasure on principle and still be motivated to engage in the hard, frustrating, and often risky and even fruitless work necessary to achieve higher-level pleasures. Hedonism acts to split the goal (pleasure) from what is required to gain that pleasure (hard work) and thus degenerates into mindless, simplistic overindulgence which eventually becomes anti-flourishing and even anti-life.

    This is also the reason why the typical examples of hedonism–the playboy, the rock star, the lottery winner, the European noble–are all so similarly banal, and why they tend to crash and burn when the money runs out.