Hedonist justification for its ethical standard

Hedonist justification for its ethical standard - Hedonist...

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Hedonist justification for its ethical standard: o “Everyone prefers happiness to unhappiness so it must be the right ethical standard.” Criticisms: (3) o The fact that everyone does prefer happiness does not show that everyone ought to prefer happiness. (Saying that everyone prefers happiness is good for a sociological study but does nothing for ethics, which describes what people ought to do). o Even if everyone ought to prefer happiness, why should that be the ethical standard? (People would prefer wealth to poverty; you can buy more things that u want/need and thus be happier; people prefer knowledge to ignorance; people prefer friendship to loneliness, etc.) e What do you want happiness for? What does happiness get u? e Here the Hedonist has an interesting answer. You regard happiness as an end in itself: happiness is the only end in itself; everything else is a means to happiness. I want money because it will make me happier. I want knowledge because it will make me happier. o
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