Philosophy – The experience machine & Buddism The experience machine article: Guidelines of

The experience machine article:

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Paper 1

Due February 14th at 11:59 p.m.

Write your paper on one of the following prompts:

1. In his book Anarchy, State, and Utopia, Nozick proposes a thought experiment called the “Experience Machine”. Explain why Nozick thinks we should not plug into the machine. Explain how you think Nozick is wrong and provide an argument for your own view. (If you completely agree with Nozick DO NOT write your paper on this topic.)


2. Descartes thinks that only propositions that are beyond all doubt can be considered knowledge. Do you agree with this? What sorts of thing(s) might we know beyond all possible doubt? What sort of thing(s) might we know despite having doubts? Explain.


3. You may also choose your own topic, provided that I approve of your chosen topic. See me during office hours or email me your paper idea for approval. 

This is the option I went with. I chose a prompt to write about the experience machine, and I linked it to the question of whether Buddhism is the “one real way” to suffering relief.

You may use direct quotes from the text if they are short and cited. Please do not saturate your paper with quotations. If a quotation is more than 3 lines, summarize and cite. 

Outside sources are allowed, provided they are cited. 


· How it should be written:

Make your stance/ argument clear in your introduction. This means your introduction should include a thesis statement. This paper should be about 2-5 pages in double spaced 12pt Times New Roman font. Length is not as important as content.

You must cite your source(s). Quotations should be short and cited. Again, please do not saturate your paper with quotations.

Please use Chicago style citations !


· Additional Info:

An “A” paper should fulfill the assignment requirements and be without any significant errors. Be as clear and concise as possible. Imagine your audience is a 10-year-old kid with a great vocabulary, explain any arguments and how they work fully in a way that would make sense to them.

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