Quantitative and Qualitative

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Quantitative and Qualitative Hedonism Quantitative Hedonism: (Bentham's View) Bentham’s quantitative hedonism : pleasure is the only intrinsic goods and its value is a function solely of its quantity (as determined by its duration and intensity). Rejects qualitative discrimination among pleasures. Note its seemingly smooth fit with both utilitarianism and naturalism. (Qualitive Hedonism: (Mill's View) Mill’s hedonism : “pleasure, and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends; and that all desirable things (which are as numerous in the utilitarian as in any other scheme) are desirable either for the pleasure inherent in themselves, or as means to the promotion of pleasure and the prevention of pain” (2.2). Mill’s qualitative hedonism : pleasure is the only intrinsic good and its value is dependent on its quality as well as on its quantity: “It is quite compatible with the principle of utility to recognise the fact, that some kinds of pleasure are more desirable and more valuable than others. It would be absurd that while,
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