A criticism of the various hedonistic theories will be found in the article Ethics (ad fin.).
A certain common agreement has been reached concerning the impossibility of regarding pleasure as the sole motive criterion and end of moral action, though different opinions still prevail as to the place occupied by pleasure in the summum bonum, and the possibility of a hedonistic calculus.
He accepted bodily without farther questioning the hedonistic psychology by which the Utilitarians sought to justify their theory while he rejected the theory itself.
Spencer is involved in effect in most of the confusions and contradictions of hedonistic psychology.
Watson, Hedonistic Theories (1895); James Seth, Ethical Principles, c. i.