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The Birth of Hedonism: The Cyrenaic Philosophers and Pleasure as a Way of Life
Kurt Lampe

Princeton University Press, 2014

According to Xenophon, Socrates tried to persuade his associate Aristippus to moderate his excessive indulgence in wine, women, and food, arguing that only hard work can bring happiness. Aristippus wasn't convinced. Instead, he and his followers espoused the most radical form of hedonism in ancient Western philosophy. Before the rise of the better known but comparatively ascetic Epicureans, the Cyrenaics pursued a way of life in which moments of ...


Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties, and Plausibility of Hedonism
Fred Feldman

Oxford University Press, 2006

Since ancient times, hedonism has been one of the most attractive and controversial theories about "the Good Life." On this view, the Good Life is the pleasant life- pleasure is the Good. Now Fred Feldman presents a careful, modern formulation of hedonism, defending the theory against some of the most important objections. Distinguishing some diverse variants of the theory, and assessing their merits, Feldman explains why each deserves to be ...


Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge
Laren Stover

Bulfinch, 2004

Bohemianism is a way of life, a state of mind, an atmosphere. It is not a trend, its a timeless movement. It is about living beyond convention. BOHEMIAN MANIFESTO explores and joyfully celebrates the creativity, the originality, and the splendor of a lifestyle and spirit shared by free-thinking, free-living artists, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, and intellectuals. This is the first book to distill and categorize all the ingredients of ...


The Naked Truth About Hedonism II (March 2010 update)

Scarlett, Oh! Publishing, 2010

What Happens in Jamaica, Stays in Jamaica? Except in this tell-all, cheeky guide to the world's naughtiest resort, Hedonism II. Everyone returns from Hedonism II with at least one good story no one at home believes. Is Hedonism II a retirement home for worn-out swingers? Is it a testosterone tour-de-force with too few eligible single women to clamor over? Is it a cult that sucks away all your vacation time? Well, the last one might be true. ...


Hedonism Jitters (Contemporary BBW Romance): Cuddly Swingers, 2014

Sometimes, you’re better off not making open ended promises. Lori learned that the hard way when she promised her husband Keith that they would go anywhere in the world he wanted. She was hoping for Hawaii or Australia; even New Zealand for Heaven’s sake! She did not expect… Not. At. All. Hedonism II in the Caribbean. A Swinger’s resort? A resort with naked people running around? Naked, attractive and fit women running around? On ...


Dignified Hedonism: A Collection of Basic Instructions
Scott Meyer

Rocket Hat industries, 2013

The image on the left might look like a mere book (Actually, it looks like a tiny thumbnail image of a book), but in fact it is much, much more (or at least a tiny, thumbnail image of much, much more)! Dignified Hedonism is a collection of Scott Meyer’s comic strip Basic Instructions. Those in the know will tell you that Basic Instructions is one of the most efficient ways science has found to deliver sarcasm into your brain. Also, each ...


Dialectic of the Chinese Revolution: From Utopianism to Hedonism
Jiwei Ci

Stanford University Press, 1994

Behind the profound social and economic changes now taking place in China is a complex history of communism's invention and loss of meaning. This history, from 1949 to the present, has been extensively studied by scholars using the methods of history and political science. Dialectic of the Chinese Revolution makes an innovative departure from these studies through a series of reflections on the history of communist China as a history of ...


Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
John Piper

Multnomah Books, 2011

Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential . Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.  Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the ...


The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering The Lost Arts Of Leisure And Pleasure
Michael Flocker

Da Capo Press, 2004

In the age of Oprah, Dr. Phil, and countless other self-help disciplinarians, indulging in any kind of pleasurable pastime is on the brink of extinction. But it's not too late to revive those lost pleasures that make life worth living. The Hedonism Handbook can help put the three-martini lunch, the baguette with real butter, the deep tan, the unfiltered cigarette, or the simple act of lying in a hammock under the stars back within our grasp. A ...


The Hedonist - World Vacation Guide, 2012

As seen on TV, The Hedonist is the ultimate Sports and Sex Vacation Guide. Written for the guy who knows exactly what he wants, is willing to pay for it, and loves to spoils himself rotten. If you love exotic tropical getaways with Ocean Lined Golf, Deep Sea Fishing, Casinos, and local exotic girls who always say yes, this book is for you. Experience the Ultimate Fat Cat Vacations that can be pulled off on a fraternity tight budget. Get your BS ...


Plato's Anti-hedonism and the Protagoras
J. Clerk Shaw

Cambridge University Press, 2015

Plato often rejects hedonism, but in the Protagoras, Plato's Socrates seems to endorse hedonism. In this book, J. Clerk Shaw removes this apparent tension by arguing that the Protagoras as a whole actually reflects Plato's anti-hedonism. He shows that Plato places hedonism at the core of a complex of popular mistakes about value and especially about virtue: that injustice can be prudent, that wisdom is weak, that courage is the capacity to ...


Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional ...
Thomas Kohnstamm

Broadway Books, 2008

For those who think that travel guidebooks are the gospel truth. WANTED: Travel Writer for Brazil QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED Decisiveness: the ability to desert your entire previous life–including well-salaried office job, attractive girlfriend, and basic sanity for less than minimum wage Attention to detail: the skill to research northeastern Brazil, including transportation, restaurants, hotels, culture, customs, and ...


Utilitarianism, Hedonism, and Desert: Essays in Moral Philosophy (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)
Fred Feldman

Cambridge University Press, 1997

Fred Feldman has made a substantial contribution to utilitarian moral philosophy. In this collection, ten previously published essays plus a new introductory essay reveal the striking originality and unity of his views. Feldman's utilitarianism differs from traditional forms in that it evaluates behavior by appeal to the values of accessible worlds. He also deals with problems of justice affecting standard forms of utilitarianism. The ...


Troubled Pleasures: Writings on Politics, Gender and Hedonism
Kate Soper

Verso, 1990

What happens when ‘life’s simple joys’ become complicated? When pleasure is transformed as a function of consumption, the innocent comforts of food, nature and place are embedded in complex practices of distribution and exploitation. Exotic and diverse objects of pleasure are made available only at the price of a heightened awareness of their origins, genealogies and possible effects; ‘authenticity’ recedes behind objects produced as ...


John Piper

Desiring God, 2013

Here is the theological summary of one preacher’s lifetime of investment in a local church. Completing three decades of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist, John Piper gave a final sermon series on the doctrinal emphases from his years of regular preaching. These ten emphases, delivered first as ten sermons, and now edited for this volume, embody the legacy Piper hopes to leave. But these chapters are not the memoirs of a retired pastor. ...


Mistress Hedonism: A Fetish & Fantasy Novella

Lori King Books, 2014

Ana Gregory and her submissive Foster Craft are happy together. They enjoy a relationship that indulges their hedonistic desires, as well as gives them the security of a partner in real life. Until another submissive shines a light on the cracks in their foundation by asking to join their pairing. Foster’s in love with Ana, and he would do anything to please her, but sleeping with a man who hurt them both is a huge test of trust; even if he ...


Hedonism: A Novel
Donné Raffat


Cowpet Bay, a vacationing haven for the privileged in St. Th omas, US Virgin Islands, is the meeting ground between fi ve people-three men and two women-whose interaction leads to major changes in their lives. A Wall Street banker, his younger mistress-an aspiring academic-a retired professor of literature, a German graduate student of philosophy, and a local waitress all find their lives to be intertwined in a way that none expected. As their ...


The Naked Truth About Hedonism II: A totally unauthorized, naughty but nice guide to Jamaica's very adult ...
Chris Santilli

Scarlett, Oh! Publishing, 2010

What Happens in Jamaica, Stays in Jamaica? Except in this tell-all, cheeky guide to the world's naughtiest resort, Hedonism II. Everyone returns from Hedonism II with at least one good story no one at home believes. Is Hedonism II a retirement home for worn-out swingers? Is it a testosterone tour-de-force with too few eligible single women to clamor over? Is it a cult that sucks away all your vacation time? Well, the last one might be true. ...


The Dangerous Duty of Delight: Daring to Make God Your Greatest Desire (LifeChange Books)
John Piper

Multnomah Books, 2001

Each of us is hard-wired to pursue our happiness. We long for significant, profound joy. Some try to satisfy it with exotic vacations, high-tech gadgets, career success, sports, academics, drug experimentation, even ascetic rigors. Yet the longing remains. Why? In The Dangerous Duty of Delight , John Piper turns our heart toward the one true object of human desire and happiness: God. Piper shows from Scripture that pursuing our happiness ...


Equatarianism - Hedonism Made Whole

Lloyd Harrison Whitling, 2013

Finally, hedonism finds its way into modern times by applying recently gained knowledge and ideas into a completer format. Ancient pre-Christian Greek philosophers had the right basic idea, but lacked the necessary knowledge to assure proper implementation. That had to wait 2½ millenniums for a modern understanding of biology to develop. Hedonism has always suffered from its lack of a forceful statement to tell why natural rules demand to be ...



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