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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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What is this thing called pleasure?

What is this thing called pleasure?

(p.71) Chapter 1 What is this thing called pleasure?
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

The sheer variety of objects that give us pleasure raises questions. These questions are similar to the ones we asked about beauty. Is it there a common currency for all pleasures? Is there a pleasure center in the brain? Are we always aware of our pleasures? Should we enjoy pleasures with abandon or should we be cautious and deny them? Why do pleasures sometimes go bad? Why do bad things sometimes give us pleasure and gratification?

Keywords:   pleasure, gratification, brain, bad

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