A conditional pleasure is a sensory pleasure, meaning it is something that appeases our senses. This can be activities such as sex, eating a steak, or enjoying a refreshing alcoholic beverage. While all of these pleasures can be enjoyable, they are only enjoyable for a limited time, meaning they are pleasures that are only enjoyed to a certain extent. I couldn’t smoke several cigarettes in a day, but, I often enjoy a cigarette after a meal. An unconditional pleasure is one which can be consumed or carried out repeatedly without losing the sense of enjoyment. This type of pleasure includes activities where pain my also coincide with the act. To the die-hard runner, the marathon may serve as an unconditional pleasure (Aristotle, 1999). Next, I will explain another concept proposed by Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus.
In The Myth of Sisyphus, Camus covers an existentialist perspective to the meaning of life and claims that the absurd; the inability ...
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...pent most of it trying to survive. Comparatively, someone like Mr. Hosokawa can continue to build up reserves of the necessities of life, whereas the slavish person can barely make ends meet. Therefore, in the case of Carmen, who chooses to study on her spare time, Aristotle would consider her act as one that deserves merit. Nevertheless, she currently has the basic necessities and is choosing to spend her leisure time acquiring knowledge for her own sake, an end in itself.
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