Happiness, pleasure, and belief
Australasian Journal of Philosophy
Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Australasian Association of Psychology and Philosophy
© 2016 Australasian Association of Philosophy
Reason for embargo
This paper argues that happiness and pleasure are distinct states of mind because they stand in a distinct logical relation to belief. Roughly, being happy about a state of affairs s implies that one believes that s satisfies the description ‘s’ and that it is in some way good, whereas taking pleasure in s does not. In particular, Fred Feldman's analysis of happiness in terms of attitudinal pleasure overlooks this distinction.
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