Hedonism has gotten such a bad wrap over the centuries because it was falsely associated with leading to a life that was self-destructive and destructive toward others. But consider some of its tenets, broadly, and think about why its critics are mostly fear mongerers and why hedonism just makes sense.
1) Knowledge is based in the senses and experience. There is no such thing as divine relation, innate knowledge, and the supernatural.
2) Sense perception allows one to distinguish between the pleasurable and non-pleasurable, or painful.
3) What is pleasurable is good and what is painful is bad
4) A combination of mental and physical pleasures is a life that allows the individual to thrive, which leads to happiness.
5) A focus on one's happiness, while respecting the rights of others to pursue their happiness as long as it doesn't cause any one else harm, will results in a society that flourishes.
It sounds pretty sensible to me. What do you think?