Professor Mohan Matthen

Professor Mohan Matthen

University of Toronto

    

Pleasure is a conscious state that increases the subjective value of that which is felt to be its cause. Facilitating pleasure (f-pleasure) is pleasure that is felt to arise from a difficult and costly activity and in addition to increasing its subjective value, makes it easier to perform. The category of f-pleasure has not been widely recognized; examples are given that illustrate how it works. Aesthetic pleasure is f-pleasure directed toward mental engagement with an object — the aesthetic object. Art is an object created in order to give rise to this kind of pleasure.