Hedonism and the Experience Machine: Re-Reading of Robert Nozick,'The Experience Machine', in his Anarchy, State, and Utopia, New York: Basic Books, 1974, pages 42–5 [Book Review]

Philosophical Papers 40 (2):257-278 (2011)
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Abstract

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

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