Title: The Pleasure of Abstinence

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Subject: Philosophy
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Date: February 2, 2012
Level: University
Grade: A
Length: 5 / 1212
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This is obviously untrue due to the subjective nature of pleasure and pain. What one person might consider pleasurable and therefore base, another person might find painful and therefore virtuous. Even if we were to concede some universal sense of pleasure and pain, there remain obvious examples of universally pleasant actions that are not base...

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For example, eating an apple is pleasurable, but no one would claim that it is somehow ignoble. The claim that all painful actions are virtuous is more defensible (because of selfishness, as will be seen later), but still wrong when taken in terms of difficult choices or catch twenty-twos. For example, if one must choose to kill one’s best friend in order to save the population of a city, one will derive both pain and pleasure from losing the friend and saving a city respectively...

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