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Utilitarianism and the Experience Machine

Mar 19, 2014, 3:30pm

Utilitarianism is a moral theory according to which a morally justified action is one that maximizes utility and minimizes disutility. One version of this theory is John Stuart Mill’s hedonistic utilitarianism, according to which morally justified actions are those that bring about the most happiness for the most amount of people and the least unhappiness for the most amount of people. In this talk, the focus will be on hedonistic utilitarianism and a famous objection to this theory, Robert Nozick’s so-called "experience machine" objection.

Glen Hoffmann is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University. Prior to York, Professor Hoffmann taught at both Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. He is currently teaching in the modes of reasoning stream at York. He has also taught epistemology, critical thinking, ethics and a wide variety of other philosophy courses.


Location:Senior Common Room, 010 Vanier College
Sponsor:Office of Master, Vanier College, Dept. of Phil., Vanier Residence, Philosophia Club, FreeSay Club
Posted by:Vanier College
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