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, desert, the philosophy of death, philosophy of sport, and applied ethics generally.