Apr 20, 2018  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 2204 - Happiness and the Good Life

Hours: 4
This course examines, from multiple philosophical perspectives, what it is to lead a happy life, how human beings can best achieve that life for themselves, and to what extent philosophy itself can help us be happy. Throughout the course we shall be concerned both with understanding what various thinkers have said about happiness as well as figuring out how we can apply these lessons to live happier lives ourselves. Some of the themes the course may address include the connection between a happy life and a life that is meaningful, the relevance of recent scientific work on human happiness, the views of the Stoics and other ancient philosophers, the views of medieval and modern philosophers, Buddhist-inspired approaches to happiness, the importance of ethics in finding a good life.