The True Meaning of Hedonism: A Philosophical Perspective

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“If it feels good, do it, you only live once”. Hedonists are always up for a good time and believe the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain is the highest good.
However, it’s obvious that this simple definition of hedonism has a cost. Putting personal pleasure first over your responsibilities to others is not only selfish, but it may be self-destructive in the long term. It certainly sidelines other sources of meaning in life.
This article explores the philosophical meaning of hedonism and its various branches that offer more nuanced perspectives on enjoyment than the simple pursuit of pleasure at any cost.
We also explore hedonism in the context of positive psychology, ‘the good life’, and meaningful, values-driven living. Read on to find out more.
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