Hedonism and Desire Satisfaction Theory

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Hedonism and the desire-satisfaction theory
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Introduction
Hedonism and the desire-satisfaction theory of welfare are typically seen as archrivals in the contest over identifying what makes one’s life better. It is surprising, then, that the most plausible form of hedonism is desire satisfactionism. The hedonism theory focuses on pleasure/happiness while the desire-satisfaction theory elucidates the relevance of fulfilling our desires. Pleasure, in some points of view is the subjective satisfaction of desire. I will explain the similarities and the differences between the desire-satisfaction theory of value and hedonism. I will also discuss the most successful theory and defend my argument by explaining how the theory
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The desire satisfaction theory accommodates the thought which hedonism does not accommodate. According to the desire satisfaction theory, our lives go better when the world actually is a certain way, and doesn’t merely appear to be a certain way. An individual experiences pleasure when the desires are satisfied but it is not a guarantee that the desires cause pleasure.
The desire satisfaction theory is not affected by experience but the hedonism theory is affected by experience. The outside world affects the desire satisfaction theory but the hedonism theory is independent of the outside world. This is because the desires can only be satisfied if the world is cooperative.
The most successful theory is the desire satisfaction theory. The theory is clear on the things that make us happy. The hedonism theory only focuses on pleasure as the only value that can make our lives comfortable. The theory does not prove how pleasure only can make one’s life better. The desire satisfaction theory blends in well because it does not consider pleasure as the only source of good life.
There are several things that can make a person’s life better. They include love, beauty, achievement, friendship, solitude and privacy. This proves that an individual has a long list of values and virtues that can enhance his or her life.
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