The word „hedonism” has its source in ancient Greek as a term for „pleasure”. The psychological philosophy behind it claims that only pleasure or pain motivates us. Each of us is always motivated to maximize what we take to be our own good, plus the claim that we each accept that our good is our maximal or sufficient balance of pleasure over displeasure. Technically speaking society is built on a hedonist structure which claims that all and only pleasure has positivie importance and all and only pain or displeasure has negative importance.
Pleasure is good whenever it is had, even in matters that are themselves worthless or worse. Reflecting on that makes the majority of mindsets (at least in western society) hedonists. We all prefer pleasure over pain to a certain extend. But there is some disagreement among us about what pleasure is. Phenomenalism. Intentionalism. Monism. Pluralism. Materialist desires appear. Nowadays however „Well-being” is becoming the new hedonism. Those in the know are swapping boozy breaks for healthy holidays and drugs for meditation. We go on holiday now to do things rather than spending all day recovering from the night before. In a sense we have learned how to balance out pleasure and pain to achieve longer lasting stable joy. Inner pleasure defeats superficial pleasure.
With this edition of Whitelies Magazine we drown in the world of pleasure and senses, chat with Henrik Purienne and Massimo Leardini about the aesthetics of desire, dive into the world of Beverly Hills with Brad Elterman, experience architecture with Claude Parent and check in with Cicciolina to see how she is holding up in Rome. Hedonism is multi-facetted and we should all find the right way to embrace it. Or as Rita Mae Brown put it - „I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”
Contributors & Contents
Henrik Purienne, Brad Elterman, Alex de Brabant, Tatsuro Horikawa, Shannon May Powell, Massimo Leardini, Cicciolina, Sophia Massarella, Julian Klincewicz, Claude Parent, Larissa Hofmann, Stefan Dotter, Ben Perreira, Max Dorsogna, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Allah-Las and many more.
Size: 220 x 290
Printed in Germany