Hedonism and the Experience Machine

Philosophical Papers 40 (2):257 - 278 (2011)
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Money isn’t everything, so what is? Many government leaders, social policy theorists, and members of the general public have a ready answer: happiness. This paper examines an opposing view due to Robert Nozick, which centres on his experience-machine thought experiment. Despite the example's influence among philosophers, the argument behind it is riddled with difficulties. Dropping the example allows us to re-version Nozick's argument in a way that makes it far more forceful - and less dependent on people's often divergent intutions about the experience machine. [DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE at oro.open.ac.uk repository, link below]

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