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Hedone was the personification and goddess of pleasure, enjoyment, and delight. Hedone, also known as Voluptas in Roman mythology, is the daughter of the Greek gods Eros (Cupid) and Psyche. She was associated more specifically with sensual pleasure. Her opposites were the Algos, personifications of pain.[1]

Hēdonē (ἡδονή) is a Greek word meaning pleasure, and is the root of the English word "hedonism". In the philosophy of Epicurus, hēdonē is described as a pleasure that may or may not derive from actions that are virtuous, whereas another form of pleasure, terpsis, is always virtuous.[2] According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Epicurus uses hēdonē in reference to only physical pleasures[3]

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  1. ^ "Hedone". Theoi Greek Mythology. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  2. ^ Warren, James (2002). Epicurus and Democritean ethics : an archaeology of ataraxia (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. pp. 49–51. ISBN 978-0-521-81369-3. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  3. ^ Konstan, David. "Epicurus". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2014 Edition). Retrieved 6 July 2015.