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Hedonism Before Bentham

Journal of Bentham Studies

UCL Press

Aristippus, Aristotle, Hedonism, History of Ethics, Plato

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      The hedonistic theories of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill are both widely known. Hedonism before Bentham, however, is much less known and, hitherto, no systematic presentation of hedonism’s early history has been written. In this paper I seek to fill this gap in the literature by providing an overview of hedonism in early Indian and ancient Greek thought (Sections 1-4), in Roman and Medieval thought (Section 5), and from the Renaissance until the Enlightenment (Section 6).

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      University of Oslo
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      o.m.moen@ifikk.uio.no
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      jbs
      jbs
      Journal of Bentham Studies
      JBS
      UCL Press (UK)
      2045-757X
      01 January 2015
      : 17
      : 1
      : 1-18
      10.14324/111.2045-757X.007
      © Ole Martin Moen.

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