Choosing Hedonism As a Personal, Ethical, and Educational Philosophy

The concept of hedonism as a personal, ethical, educational philosophy can be interpreted as a way to succeed in life. Without knowledge or the pursuit of knowledge, the individual's life would not be as well fulfilled and they would open themselves up to a life filled with more work for sustenance and a life with more opportunities for sadness and pain. Though without knowledge, the individual could be ignorant to the level of happiness they might attain. The individual might turn from psychological or the mental side of hedonism and delve more into unethical or immoral practices to obtain pleasure with the physical side of hedonism (Sahakain and Sahakain, 2005). This would present a state of being that would make a poor educational leader, because following this personal ethical philosophy, without education, there are less opportunities for happiness through knowledge.

Though usually devoid of Christian connotations, hedonism included in the personal ethical philosophy would have to address religious ethical and moral issues. When making a educational decision, the educational leader might want to include the thoughts of Thomas More (1478-1535 A.D). More thought that in the pursuit of happiness and the diversion away from pain, the human would follow God's design and the pursuit would be justified in moral goodness (More, 1895). The educational leader, if he follows his personal ethical philosophy and includes More's sentiments, can follow the path of pleasure and have the confidence that in the end, ethical, educational decision making will become easier because it is the natural course of God's will.

This would make the personal ethical philosophy sound more like this, 'Education and knowledge brings more opportunities of happiness and well being. Thus the goal of educational staff and students should be to pursue those educational opportunities to bring them into the state of happiness and well-being. As we pursue toward knowledge and happiness, the natural course of outcomes will be morale because it is God's design.' The ethical philosophy will now be more steadfast because it presents a goal that is supported by a moral pathway that protects both the pursuit of happiness and the attainment of good moral decisions.

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eoauk 6 years ago

But in the persuit, whether of happiness or attainment of good moral decisions, or both,both happiness and morality is so subjective that often it leads to abuse by presentation of what is regarded as necessary for that enjoyment or attainment as necessitating the spoiling of the happiness or moral attainment of others in ways that are varied and many; for either, as seen or preferred by any all to be realistically possible, the educators must apply whatever is the chosen philosophy of education without such bias as would have that effect on others philosophies of education -on the unbised application of educational philosphies (in any philosophy of education) tha enjoyment and attainment of what the individual and the society value, depend.


eoa_uk 6 years ago

Nice article


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Jaynie2000 5 years ago

To understand hedonism from the POV of a scholar is vastly different than to understand it from the POV of someone who has experienced it. It is possible to form judgments about the pleasures of the flesh in an abstract sense by reading about them. One can ascertain enough about hedonism to form ethical arguments for or against it, but cannot fully appreciate its allure, nor be effectively repelled by it, unless they have indulged themselves and know of what they speak. Consider self-indulgence as a form of independent study.

I have heard it so often said that hedonism is sinful and leads to the degradation of the moral order. I was raised differently, and believe that pleasure of the flesh are a gift from a higher power. I believe that there is no one definition of hedonism. Each defines his or her own pleasure and it is not for others to scrutinize. Society has laws and norms which help to assure that one's definition of hedonism does not infringe upon the rights of others. That being said, society has no shortage of like-minded people with whom the shared hedonistic experience can be achieved.

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