Nozick’s experience machine

Remember Nozick’s experience machine (Pojman & Tramel pp.141-42)? Nozick said that, upon reflection, no one would actually plug into the machine, because we want to do more than just have experiences, and we want to become certain kinds of people, neither of which is possible within the machine.

One of the authors in this week’s section, Sterling Harwood, says that utilitarian is false because, among other reasons, it requires us to enter the experience machine. Read his argument (section 7, pp.194-95, it’s short) and discuss whether or not (and why) you agree or disagree with him.

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