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The illogical nature of want/motivation and its effects on free will

Are all the decisions and desires of humans made in order to stimulate pleasure centers and avoid pain? If so, could someone/thing which is unable to feel pleasure and pain, and only had the power of ...
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Existence: Pain and Pleasure [closed]

Sometimes, I swear, I think the only two things in all of existence which have any real meaning whatsoever are "pleasure" and "pain" ... What does it mean to exist, if that existence is mired in pain?...
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Why does Nietzsche think suffering is great?

"But not to perish from internal distress and doubt when one inflicts great suffering and hears the cry of suffering : that is great, that belongs to greatness." The Gay Science, Fourth Book, 325 How ...
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How does Nietzsche define suffering?

Obviously, Nietzche thinks that suffering is important, but what exactly does suffering entail? Is it both physical and emotional?
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Acute or chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference?

Acute as opposed to chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference? I mean, I think I'm more concerned with extreme pain, and I wondered whether that was a philosophical position, ...
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Authors on Truth over Illusion to achieve happiness

It is accepted that white lies and creating fantasies is sometimes needed to deal with psychological pain specially with children. Sometimes reality is hard to deal with therefore people tend to ...
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If happiness is relative, why would I want to get more of it?

In my philosophy class, we talking about Aristotle and how he defined true happiness. For him, true happiness is acquired when you know yourself and accomplish yourself and false happiness is simply ...
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Can utilitarianism make anything moral if someone profits enough from it?

Ever since I first heard about utilitarian system of ethics, there is one thing that has been on my mind. Since utilitarianism is about creating the greater amount of total good (and, the smaller ...
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How to reconcile the understanding of pain in Buddhism with that of Kabbalah?

A Kabbalistic interpretation of pain says, "Everything that we talk about and experience is never our soul experiencing pain; it's the body consciousness, the Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. And ...
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Why does striving to achieve my goals make me suffer so?

I am continually confused by my desires. Normally I love being alone, watching movies and eating snacks--just living life. But I don't know what devil has possessed me to desire more, to achieve more, ...
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Why do people consider immediate pleasure irrational?

Why is immediate pleasure considered by the majority as irrational and as a trait restricted only to non human animals? What's more rational than immediate pleasure if death is inevitable and more ...
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Why is everyone seeking satisfaction?

Is it just me, or why is everyone seeking some kind of personal notion of satisfaction? It seems to be a better life mentality to relish in the cold reality of accepting the inevitable pains of life. ...
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Physicalistic alternatives to utilitarianism?

In one episode, Doctor Who finds out he's trapped on a horror-like island and he finds out his time machine he could escape with is frozen in the hardest rock on earth. He also finds out that every ...
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Does pain tend to be more differentiated than pleasure?

Does pain tend to be more differentiated than pleasure? Which is said to be open to more interpretations and variations, pleasure or pain? See what Sade had to say about this sort of question, quoted ...
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Is Plato's Callicles an example of Nietzsche's Übermensch? Is the Epicurean hedonist?

Is the hard-headed Callicles from Plato's dialogue Gorgias the type of person who exemplifies Nietzsche's Übermensch (overman)? What about the hedonistic sage of Epicureans? Is he a Übermensch?
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Is Epicureanism a form of Hedonism?

Epicureanism can be argued to be a form of Hedonism, holding the belief that pleasure is the only source of what is intrinsically good. The distinction between the two, as Hedonism seeks to maximise ...
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A person is really sad and depressed. What should he/she do? [closed]

Things he/she is not allowed: Crying Staying alone Skipping meals Rejecting anything Running away for a change Enjoying the way he/she want Things he/she is allowed: Do things others think is fun ...
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Is pain needed in order to appreciate pleasure?

When good things become common in my life, I wonder if I truly still appreciate them as much as I did in the beginning. This makes me wonder if good things can only be appreciated in relation to their ...
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What is the most common (or best) answer provided by religious figures/advocates about the purpose of unfair pain and sickness in the world

I have watched many youtube videos and engaged in many discussion with friends about the premises leading to the existence/not existence of God.. I usually see advocates of religion (usually abrahamic ...
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How can adults understand the feelings of infants?

Freud claimed that we forget our childhood, not because our brain is not powerful enough to retain memories, but because our first three years of childhood are so daunting and difficult that our brain ...
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Aristotelian Analysis of Forgiveness?

I am in the process of responding to one of the latest Reading Comprehension Questions in my Ethics course. This week we were reading from pages 27-33 of Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (2nd Ed.) ...
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Virtue and Vices associated with Pleasures in daily life?

I've been reading through the Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, translated by Terence Irwin. I have found his work far more to my liking than that of Mills in Utilitarianism and the work of Kant. What ...
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What are some praise of Buddhism in philosophy?

refer back to my older question: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/16408/what-are-some-criticism-of-buddhism-in-logic What are some praise of Buddhism in philosophy?
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Is there a pain independent of physical nerve interactions?

What is the absolute nature of pain? Is there such thing as a pain independent of physical happenings in the body?
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Can the self exist instantaneously/without time?

Certainly your past experiences will affect how you perceive the world, process events, think about things, and behave but do you think the high level thinking required for the conception of self ...
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Are there more modern schools that follow Epicurean philosophy?

As Wikipedia says in its article, Epicureanism in short means: pleasure is the highest good, thus gain it through living virtuous life and expecting less. Based on this definition, is there a ...