Would you opt for a life with no pain? - Hayley Levitt and Bethany Rickwald
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Nozick designed his Experience Machine thought experiment to refute the beliefs of hedonists. Hedonism is a form of utilitarianism, a philosophy that that says that the greatest moral action is one that maximizes "utility." Utility has been defined in many different ways, all relating to a feeling, perceiving entity's general well-being, but a number of 18th- and 19th-century utilitarian philosophers like Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill took "hedonistic" views of the concept, equating "utility" with "pleasure." Sound interesting? Read more about hedonism and the many other forms of utilitarianism here.
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