An abstract unit of pleasure, used by philosophers as a convenient means to "quantify" the pleasure which might result from an event or circumstance. As one might expect, there is no standardized metric for the hedon: the assignment of hedons to experiences is typically very broad, loose, subjective, and case dependent. Negative hedons can be used to indicate pain or that which detracts from a pleasurable experience. (Alternatively, the term "dolor" is sometimes used for a corresponding unit of suffering).
Utilitarians often employ hedons to compare the expected net outcome of pleasure for a given scenario. Hedonism is an ethical theory
which sees the maximization of hedons (and the minimization of dolors) as the most desirable good.
A fundamental unit of hedonism