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Hedonism and the experience machine

Barber, Alex (2011). Hedonism and the experience machine. Philosophical Papers, 40(2) pp. 257–278.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Editorial Board, Philosophical Papers
ISSN: 0556-8641
Keywords: Robert Nozick, Experience Machine, Hedonism, Happiness
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 29075
Depositing User: Alexander Barber
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2011 09:09
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 07:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29075
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