Date(s) - 6 Dec 2018
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Function Room at King's Head Hotel


Watch the following video before the event, we will then discuss happiness as a topic on the day:

Optional Material

Happiness Versus Contentment

Book Excerpt: Philosophy: The Basics – By Nigel Warburton

A related point has sometimes been made using the thought experiment of the Experience Machine, an example thought up by Robert Nozick (1938—2002). Imagine that you have the option of being plugged into a sophisticated virtual reality machine that will give you the illusion of having whatever experiences you most desire. You only have the choice of being plugged in for life; however, once you have been plugged in, you won’t realize that you are plugged in. This machine could give you a huge range of blissful mental states, yet most people considering this imaginary situation say they wouldn’t opt for it. They wouldn’t seek their own happiness irrespective of how it is produced: this suggests that happiness is not just a matter of mental states, but includes a notion of how those states are produced. And it is not at all plausible to suggest that a world in which everyone was plugged into Experience Machines giving them pleasant experiences would be morally superior to the present one. Yet on Bentham’s view it would have to be, since for him the methods of producing the blissful mental states did not matter.

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