hedonic calculus

(in utilitarianism) appraisal of possible alternative choices in terms of the amount of pleasure to be gained and pain to be avoided in each. Also called calculus of pleasure.

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hedonic calculus,
= felicific calculus. (Cf.felicific calculus)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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