All essays must be typed, double-spaced, and proofed.
Upon collection, the essays must be stapled together. Do not use a folder. Your
surname should appear on each page. Citations from a class text require only a pagination
reference, e.g., (Rachels, p 43). All outside materials will require a full
citation. You may choose your own format (e.g., Chicago, MLA etc.) Plagiarism will result in a “0” grade on the
essay and a report to the Dean of Students. The required length per essay is 2
to 3 pages.
1. Defend or criticize: Regarding happiness, John Stewart
Mill famously quipped that it is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a pig
satisfied. Would Nettle agree with this statement? Do you?
2. Imagine the perfect pleasure machine that could simulate
any human experience, good or bad. Would you choose to spend a year of your
life in this machine if you could choose the simulated experiences? Of course
once in the machine, the simulations would seem real.