Hedonism is a school of thought that argues that the pursuit of pleasure and intrinsic goods are the primary or most important goals of human life.[1] A hedonist strives to maximize net pleasure (pleasure minus pain). However upon finally gaining said pleasure, happiness may remain stationary.

Ethical hedonism is the idea that all people have the right to do everything in their power to achieve the greatest amount of pleasure possible to them. It is also the idea that every person's pleasure should far surpass their amount of pain. Ethical hedonism is said to have been started by Aristippus of Cyrene, a student of Socrates. He held the idea that pleasure is the highest good.[2]

Etymology and lexicon

The name derives from the Greek word for "delight" (ἡδονισμός hēdonismos from ἡδονή hēdonē "pleasure", cognate via Proto-Indo-European swéh₂dus through Ancient Greek ἡδύς with English sweet + suffix -ισμός -ismos "ism"). An extremely strong aversion to hedonism is hedonophobia.

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Afrikaans: Hedonisme
العربية: مذهب المتعة
azərbaycanca: Hedonizm
беларуская: Геданізм
български: Хедонизъм
bosanski: Hedonizam
català: Hedonisme
čeština: Hédonismus
dansk: Hedonisme
Deutsch: Hedonismus
eesti: Hedonism
español: Hedonismo
Esperanto: Hedonismo
euskara: Hedonismo
فارسی: هدونیسم
français: Hédonisme
贛語: 享樂主義
한국어: 쾌락주의
հայերեն: Հեդոնիզմ
hrvatski: Hedonizam
Bahasa Indonesia: Hedonisme
íslenska: Sældarhyggja
italiano: Edonismo
עברית: נהנתנות
Basa Jawa: Hedonisme
қазақша: Гедонизм
Кыргызча: Гедонизм
Latina: Hedonismus
latviešu: Hedonisms
lietuvių: Hedonizmas
magyar: Hedonizmus
Bahasa Melayu: Hedonisme
Nederlands: Hedonisme
日本語: 快楽主義
norsk: Hedonisme
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Gedonizm
Patois: Iidonizim
polski: Hedonizm
português: Hedonismo
română: Hedonism
русский: Гедонизм
Scots: Hedonism
shqip: Hedonizmi
Simple English: Hedonism
slovenčina: Hedonizmus
српски / srpski: Хедонизам
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Hedonizam
Basa Sunda: Hédonismeu
suomi: Hedonismi
svenska: Hedonism
Türkçe: Hazcılık
українська: Гедонізм
Zazaki: Hedonizm
中文: 享樂主義