ABSTRACT. Hedonism and the desire-satisfaction theory of welfare
(‘‘desire satisfactionism’’) are typically seen as archrivals in the contest over
identifying what makes one’s life go best. It is surprising, then, that the most
plausible form of hedonism just is the most plausible form of desire satisfactionism.
How can a single theory of welfare be a version of both hedonism
and desire satisfactionism? The answer lies in what pleasure is: pleasure
is, in my view, the subjective satisfaction of desire. This thesis about pleasure
is clarified and defended only after we proceed through the dialectics that get
us to the most plausible forms of hedonism and desire satisfactionism.
Read more: DSH 22.02.22