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What's wrong with the Experience Machine?

Belshaw, Christopher (2012). What's wrong with the Experience Machine? European Journal of Philosophy (in press).

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Abstract

Nozick’s thought experiment is less effective than is often believed. Certainly, there could be reasons to enter the machine. Possibly, life there might be among the best of all those available. Yet we need to distinguish between two versions. On the first, I retain my beliefs, memories, dispositions, some knowledge. On the second, all these too are determined by the scientists. Nozick alludes to both versions. But only on the first will machine life have appeal.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0966-8373
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Philosophy
Item ID: 31408
Depositing User: Christopher Belshaw
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2012 14:11
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2014 06:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31408
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