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Many philosophers have argued that pleasure is our ultimate aim in life. Can you think of something you desire that is not connected with any kind of pleasure? What is it? Explain.

I have three sons ages 16,15 and 11. Now, they are normal teenage (one pre-teen) boys who's natural tendency is to be self-absorbed, selfish, inconsiderate and sometimes lazy. My wife and I have a goal for our children. We have told them numerous times that our goal is NOT for them to be happy right now. Rather, our goal is for them to be mature and independent men when they leave our home at the age of 18. This of course does not make them happy and a direct result of this is that it does not bring me pleasure.

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I have three sons ages 16,15 and 11. Now, they are normal teenage (one pre-teen) boys who's natural tendency is to be self-absorbed, selfish, inconsiderate and sometimes lazy. My wife and I have a goal for our children. We have told them numerous times that our goal is NOT for them to be happy right now. Rather, our goal is for them to be mature and independent men when they leave our home at the age of 18. This of course does not make them happy and a direct ...

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This is a discussion about pleasure as it applies to life goals. Is pleasure our ultimate goal? Is there anything we choose to do in life that is not for the purpose of pursuing pleasure? If so what? Over 350 words of original text discussing a goal that is not sought for pleasure.

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Happiness and Rationality.

Imagine that you have to undergo some operation that would leave you perfectly healthy, but without your ability to reason. As part of this operation, you'd still be able to feel pleasure but not pain, either emotionally or physically. You'd end up with the basic awareness of some sort of lower animal in exchange for a life of gratuitous pleasure.

According to the position of Hedonism, what ultimately makes one happy is what is right to do. Consequently, the operation explains the most perfect form of hedonism: pure happiness, with no worry, no stress, nor emotional anguish.

(A) Would you undergo such an operation? Why or why not?

(B) Explain how your answer in (A) differs (if at all) from what Aristotle says about a fulfilled life.

(C) Explain what your answer in (A) reveals to you about the role of rationality within the larger context of human life.

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