Nozick’s Experience Machine, Heidegger, Pleasure & Pain

The Third Position Journal

The question is ‘Does Nozick’s experience machine show us that there is more to well-being than pleasure?’ My answer is a tentative yes. I believe that Nozick’s experience machine does show us that there is more to well-being than pleasure (as we will show below, there is much more to well-being than simple, mindless pleasure). However, I also believe that Nozick’s argument itself is quite shallow, he speaks much about pleasure and happiness but hardly mentions the importance of unhappiness and pain in life.

This line of reasoning is dismissed by utopians, but never with a substantial critique of course. It is considered ‘sadomasochistic’ to say that life should not (and simply cannot) be all sunshine and roses. This is naïve and simply idiotic; misery plays as much of an important role in life as happiness does. When we make unpleasant mistakes, we (usually) learn from…

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