New Liberal Studies Philosophy Course, Spring '16: Philosophy and the Good Life

Posted on 11/18/2015 9:26:38 AM

PHIL 240: Philosophy and the Good Life (satisfies PHIL or RLST Liberal Studies requirement). 

This course examines philosophical attempts to say what it means to live a good life. Is living a good life simply about maximizing the pleasure one experiences? Does a good life require religious faith? Is being virtuous essential to living a good life?

Historical thinkers considered in this course may include Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Laozi, Augustine, Aquinas, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Russell. Contemporary philosophical work on happiness informed by empirical research may also be considered.