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The Asymmetry Thesis: Pleasure and Pain's Radically Different Contributions To Well-Being
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
In the philosophical literature, it has often been assumed that pleasure and pain play a symmetrical role in human well-being. I examine recent empirical results and argue that most ways of thinking about symmetry between pleasure and pain in relation to well-being are implausible given what we know from science. I argue that accepting an asymmetrical account of pleasure and pain can help solve several vexing problems in philosophical theories of well-being and beneficence.
Chair and Committee
Carl Craver, Julia Driver, Eric Brown, Simine Vazire, Dan Haybron
Shriver, Adam Joseph, "The Asymmetry Thesis: Pleasure and Pain's Radically Different Contributions To Well-Being" (2012). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 283.