ARE MENTAL STATE WELFARISM AND OUR CONCERN FOR NON-EXPERIENTIAL GOALS INCOMPATIBLE?
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2007
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 88, Issue 1, pages 74–91, March 2007
How to Cite
RIVERA-LÓPEZ, E. (2007), ARE MENTAL STATE WELFARISM AND OUR CONCERN FOR NON-EXPERIENTIAL GOALS INCOMPATIBLE?. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 88: 74–91. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2007.00281.x
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2007
Abstract: The question I address in this paper is whether there is a version of mental state welfarism that can be coherent with the thesis that we have a legitimate concern for non-experiential goals. If there is not, then we should reject mental state welfarism. My thesis is that there is such a version. My argument relies on the distinction between “reality-centered desires” and “experience-centered desires”. Mental state welfarism can accommodate our reality-centered desires and our desire that they be objectively satisfied. My general strategy is, at the level of the value theory, somewhat analogous to the strategy that indirect consequentialism applies at the level of moral obligation theory. To test my argument, I appeal to Nozick's well-known example of the Experience Machine.