INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

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INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

ESSAY PROMPT
Consequentialism singles out happiness as the only intrinsic value. Happiness, in turn, is a subjective
experience: we are happy when we feel pleasure, fulfillment, or excitement; we are unhappy when we feel
pain, disappointment, or boredom. In “The Experience Machine,” Robert Nozick argues that happiness is
not the only intrinsic value. Read pages 33-35 from The Ethical Life. Then write an essay that addresses the
following:
(a) Explain Nozick’s experience machine.
(b) Why does Nozick think the experience machine shows that happiness is not the only intrinsic value?
(c) What is the biggest problem with Nozick’s argument?

 




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