Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/78930
Title: The experience requirement : malfunctions in Robert Nozick’s experience machine
Authors: Low, Timothy Kai Woon
Keywords: Humanities::Philosophy
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: The central question of the study of well-being is what makes a life good. The primary purpose of a theory of well-being is hence the specification of a good-maker; something whose possession makes a subject intrinsically better off. The scope of this paper is twofold. Firstly, this paper will argue that any credible theory of well-being must fulfil the Experience Requirement, which states that changes to a subject’s well-being must involve his experience. More specifically, the intrinsic good-maker as defined by a theory must induce, and be reflected in, changes to a subject’s experience. This importance will primarily be demonstrated by assessing major theories of well-being. Secondly, this paper will critique the Experience Requirement’s biggest counterargument: Robert Nozick’s Experience Machine thought experiment. I will argue that the commonly elicited intuition not to plug into the machine is contaminated by extraneous factors. This argument will borrow heavily from Edouard Machery’s concept of “disturbing characteristics”, which Machery argues predispose readers’ judgements to be influenced by philosophically irrelevant factors. Consequently, these disturbing characteristics provide good reason to suspend judgement about the thought experiment. If this paper’s endeavour is successful, the Experience Requirement will remain a foremost requirement for any credible theory of well-being.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10356/78930
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:SoH Theses

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
LOW KAI WOON, TIMOTHY (U1531362E)_FINAL YEAR THESIS.pdf
  Restricted Access
251.95 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Page view(s) 5

101
Updated on Feb 27, 2021

Download(s) 50

15
Updated on Feb 27, 2021

Google ScholarTM

Check

Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.