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Twentieth Lecture

Twentieth Lecture - M arch 4 2009 Philosophy 4 Twentieth...

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March 4, 2009 Philosophy 4: Twentieth Lecture Act Utilitarianism Hedonism : is it true that by happiness we mean pleasure? (i.e. that happiness just is pleasure) - If happiness and pleasure are the same thing, then we would want pleasure every time we seek happiness and happiness every time we seek pleasure - But if pleasure is a type of happiness (is of prediction) then there will be instances of happiness that are not instances of pleasure Nozick’s Experience Machine: - Nozick challenges the view that by happiness we simply mean pleasure (objection to hedonism) - “Suppose there were an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Super duper neuropsychologists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel that you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or reading an interesting book. All the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. Should you plug into this machine for life, preprogramming your life experiences? Of course, while in the tank you won’t know that you’re there; you’ll think that it’s all actually happening. Would you plug in?” o The conclusion Nozick draws is that our intuitions show us
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