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.