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Lust und Unlust

English translation: pleasure and displeasure

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09:03 Feb 24, 2009
German to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Philosophy
German term or phrase: Lust und Unlust
Vortrag über Kapitalmarktethik, generelle Einführung in die Ethik

Immanuel Kants Pflichtenethik
Pflicht soll das Motiv für das Handeln sein, nicht Freude, Abwendung von Übel oder Ähnliches
„Pflicht ist die Notwendigkeit einer Handlung aus Achtung fürs Gesetz“.
Der Mensch ist kein rein vernünftiges Wesen. Er ist auch bestimmt durch die Neigungen, Komponenten unserer sinnlichen Veranlagung, die auf dem „Gefühl der Lust und Unlust beruhen“

Als gelernte Österreicherin weiß ich, dass die Unlust in der Psychoanalyse "unpleasure" ist, aber in der Ethik?
pleasure and reluctance?
silvia glatzhofer
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English translation:pleasure and displeasure
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Terence Ajbro
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3 +7pleasure and displeasure
Terence Ajbro
3Like and dislike
Edward Vreeburg
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Kant's aesthetics
Helen Shiner



5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +7
pleasure and displeasure


Terence Ajbro
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agree  Helen Shiner: http://books.google.com/books?id=Jbpe5ky4FJoC&pg=PA247&lpg=P...
6 mins
  -> thanks

agree  Edward Vreeburg: I like this one too
9 mins

agree  Steve Thomasson: Agreed, I was thinking of the "pleasure / pain principle" but this is more elegant.
54 mins

agree  Ulrike Kraemer
1 hr

agree  Inge Meinzer
4 hrs

agree  Derek Gill Franßen
4 hrs

agree  D-E Translator
1 day 13 hrs
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Like and dislike

or if you really go to extremes Desire and Fear

Edward Vreeburg
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11 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Reference: Kant's aesthetics

Reference information:
Kant claimed that pleasure and displeasure (pain) were complementary: both were expressions of the same ‘feeling of pleasure and pain’. In A he describes them as ‘opposed to each other, not like gain and deficiency (+ or 0), but like gain and loss (= and −), that is, one is not contrasted with the other merely as an opposite (contradictorie, sive logice oppositum), but rather as a counterpart (contrarie sive realiter oppositum)’ (A §60). Kant maintains that beyond claiming that pleasure and displeasure are counterparts of the same subjective feeling, they ‘cannot be explained more clearly in themselves; instead, one can only specify what results they have in certain circumstances’ (MM p. 212, p. 41). One of these results follows from whether the feeling incites the subject to abandon or maintain a particular state; another consists in the tendency of pleasure to enhance the feeling of life, and of displeasure or pain to hinder it (A §60). Both however are necessary to each other: without the check of displeasure, the steady advancement of vitality accompanying pleasure would result in a ‘quick death’. In A Kant distinguishes between sensuous and intellectual pleasure and displeasure, subdividing the former according to whether the pleasure/displeasure is caused by sensation or imagination, and the latter ...

Helen Shiner
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PRO pts in category: 43

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agree  Inge Meinzer
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agree  Derek Gill Franßen
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