Eric Mathison

Eric Mathison

I am a philosophy PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Toronto. In my dissertation, I argue that ill-being is as important, if not more important, than well-being. I consider the most plausible accounts of ill-being for each of the major theories of well-being and then investigate whether or not there are asymmetries between the two. I show that in many cases such asymmetries exist. For example, while some theories hold that pleasure on the experience machine should be discounted, I argue that no theory should hold that pain is less bad when attached to the machine. My other research interests include bioethics, especially emerging technologies; desert; the philosophy of death; philosophy of sport; and applied ethics generally.