The Possibility of Modified Hedonism

Theoria 78 (3):186-212 (2012)
A popular objection to hedonist accounts of personal welfare has been the experience machine argument. Several modifications of traditional hedonism have been proposed in response. In this article I examine two such responses, recently expounded by Feldman and Sumner respectively. I argue that both modifications make hedonism indistinguishable from anti-hedonism. Sumner's account, I claim, also fails to satisfy the demands of theoretical unity.
Keywords welfare  experience machine  pleasure  hedonism
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DOI 10.1111/j.1755-2567.2012.01141.x
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