The distinctive feeling theory of pleasure

@article{Bramble2013TheDF,
  title={The distinctive feeling theory of pleasure},
  author={Ben Bramble},
  journal={Philosophical Studies},
  year={2013},
  volume={162},
  pages={201-217}
}
  • Ben Bramble
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology
  • Philosophical Studies
In this article, I attempt to resuscitate the perennially unfashionable distinctive feeling theory of pleasure (and pain), according to which for an experience to be pleasant (or unpleasant) is just for it to involve or contain a distinctive kind of feeling. I do this in two ways. First, by offering powerful new arguments against its two chief rivals: attitude theories, on the one hand, and the phenomenological theories of Roger Crisp, Shelly Kagan, and Aaron Smuts, on the other. Second, by… Expand
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