Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Joy and Pleasure

Joy by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books:

Is there a difference between joy and pleasure? What do we want- joy or pleasure? The Utilitarians considered Pleasure and Pain sovereign masters of our life. We do everything to have pleasure and avoid pain. Hedonism guides our activities. In India Charvak's philosophy, also known as Lokayat philosophy, exhorts us to enjoy life and have pleasure. But what is joy? Is it the same as Anand in Sanskrit?
   Zadie Smith, in her book JOY, tries to find an answer.

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