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Great Hedonists in History

I. Classical Hedonists
A. Greeks
1. Cyrenaics

The Cyrenaics are known for their sensualist hedonism in which bodily pleasures are preferable to mental pleasures, and we should pursue whatever will bring us pleasure now, rather than deferring present pleasures for the sake of achieving better long-term consequences.

When the Cyrenaics say that ‘pleasure’ is the highest good, they do not mean that pleasure in general in good, so that we should seek to maximize the overall amount of pleasure in the world, as utilitarians say. Instead, they mean that, for each of us, our own pleasure is what is valuable to us, because that is what each of us seeks. Also, each of us can only experience our own pleasures, and not the pleasures of other people. Thus, the Cyrenaic view is a form of egoistic hedonism.

2. Olympia Dukakis, Goddess

B. Romans
1. Caligula
Known for his extreme extravagance, eccentricity, depravity and cruelty, he is remembered as a [awesome guy to party with]. The Wikipedia entry was pretty tedious and contaminated with all sorts of irrelevant facts, so I´ve taken the libery of excerpting the highlights. He:

· would sell to the highest bidder of the wives of high ranking Senate members during sexual orgies,
· roamed the halls of his palace at night ordering the sun to rise
· named his horse as a priest
· opened a brothel in his palace
· made it a crime not to leave him everything in a will.
· never passed the bowl during a session

2 Giada de Laurentis wants to stuff you

II. European Hedonists
A. Monarchs
1. Marie Antoinette has been getting a bad rap of late. First biographers claim that the stories of her vast excesses are vastly overstated. Then portrayed by Snaggletooth Dunst in a shit film by Sophia Coppola. Kidnapped by a dirty mob, robbed of her pretty things and exectuted at the guillotine, doesn´t she deserve a little cake?
2. The boy who won´t be king wants to party with everyone, even wee African babies

B. Literary Figures
1.This is actually A Picture of Dorian Gray
2. Des Esseintes, the eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero of À rebours (translated into English as Against the Grain or Against Nature) byJoris-Karl Huysmans. He became the emblem of Europe’s disaffected male youth suffering from mal du siècle. The book is sometimes regarded as one of the most profound works in the history of decadent literature, especially because it successfully transcended the definition of Romanticism into Decadence.

III. Contemporary Hedonists
A. The Famous
1. Beauty and the Baby (Shambles)

2. The Rat Pack swore fealty to booze, broads and the pursuit of pleasure. Follow the link, I´m tired of typing.

B. The Infamous
1. Malcolm
2: Jillian

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  2. rats. It’s Kate Moss and Pete Doherty.

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