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Pleasure and Happiness
Author(s): Wayne Davis
Source: Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Apr., 1981), pp. 305-317
Published by: Springer
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WAYNE DAVIS

PLEASURE AND HAPPINESS

(Received1 September,1980)

I believetwo vocabularies usedto denoteone set of mental
are
phenomena.
the
One centersaroundthe term 'happiness', otheraround
Both
'pleasure'.
arecomplex, theyarenot isomorphic. goalis to delineate structure
the
and
My
of the two vocabularies, mapone onto the other.Thepaper therefore
and
is
a partialanalysisof the conceptsof pleasure happiness, a defense
and
and
of the thesisthatpleasure happiness the samething.
and
are
I beginby distinguishing
betweenthe occurrentand dispositionalsenses of
happiness. In the occurrent
sense,'A is happy'meansthatA feelshappyor
is experiencinghappiness; is in high or good spirits, in a good mood,
he
is
and feels good. In the dispositional
sense, 'A is happy'meansthat A is
predominantlyhappyin the occurrent
sense.The...

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