In philosophy, what is Experience Machine?

  • This refers to a philosophical thought experiment that is used to refute the argument that people simply seek the maximum amount of pleasure in their daily lives.
  • It was proposed by American philosopher Robert Nozick in his 1974 book Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Nozick devised the idea of a machine that can simulate only good feelings in people who choose to plug themselves into it and asked if people would opt for it.
  • He went on to argue that most people would choose to live their lives plugged outside an experience machine.


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