Insanity, State, And Utopia Essay

719 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 3 Pages
Hedonism is the belief that pleasure is the most important thing in life and everything else is trivial as long as you are getting pleasure, the goal being to accumulate the greatest amount of net pleasure in ones lifetime. I disagree with the thought that hedonism is the correct view of well-being for people. Life is more than breaking down acts into something as simple as level of pleasure and then determining happiness off of that. By examining Nozick’s experience machine, Issues on morality, and the paradox of pursuing happiness. We will see there are many flaws with this way of thinking leading it to be a poor choice for the well-being of mankind.

Argument 1

The first argument against hedonism is Nozick’s experience machine. Robert Nozick an author and philosopher first thought of this machine was in his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia thus the title of Nozick’s machine. The point of this machine was an individual would be plugged into the machine and essentially, be disconnected from reality into a vivid dream like state where everything they wanted would be simulated. All human experiences friends, family, career accomplishments anything would all be perfectly simulated and everything would work out for the individual with no pain deriving the most possible pleasure one could get. The problem with the machine is none of it is real and you can never leave the machine, meaning you can never step back into reality. The rest of peoples experiences would not be real…

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