Pursuit of pleasure, or any of several philosophical or ethical doctrines associated with it. Aristippus (c.
356 bc) taught that pleasure was the highest good. Epicurus
advocated discrimination in the seeking of pleasure. John Locke
believed that the idea of ‘good’ can be defined in terms of pleasure. Bentham
and J. S. Mill
adapted a psychological view of hedonism in formulating Utilitarianism
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Aristippus (ărĬstĬp´əs), c.435–c.360 BC, Greek philosopher of Cyrene, first of the Cyrenaics. He held pleasure to be the highest good and virtue to be identical with the ability to enjoy. His doctrines, comprising the first coherent exposition of hedonism, opposed those of the Cynics, although both groups drew upon aspects of Socratic philosophy.