Pursuing the Excellent Life
Nov. 24, 2021

Pleasure and Utility

We often hear of utility, usually as it relates to economics or usefulness. But there is a different view of utility, one that focuses on pleasure. In this episode, Andrea and Craig discuss this view of utility as pleasure, which is the foundation of Jeremey Bentham and John Stuart Mills' view of utilitarianism.  They also discuss the difference between transitory, shallow pleasures (like eating yummy french fries) and enduring deep pleasures (such as being a good person).  At the end of the episode Andrea and Craig provide some suggestions for building more pleasure into your life.