PHIL 220
Happiness
Last Offered Fall 2018
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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According to Aristotle the ultimate good is happiness—everything we desire we desire for the sake of happiness. Yet what is it to be happy? Should we value other things (say justice or passionate commitment and curiosity) over happiness? Are happiness and pleasure the same thing? Is happiness an emotional or mental state or is it a social construct? What do the social and psychological sciences have to teach us about happiness? Philosophy? Is the happy life a life of virtue? Does being virtuous guarantee happiness? How important are honor, money, love, work, friendship and our connections to others to our happiness? In this tutorial we will read from Ancient, modern and contemporary philosophical sources as well several relevant studies in the social sciences and positive psychology movement in order to engage questions concerning happiness.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1125
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5-page papers and five 2-page papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students interested in philosophy and/or happiness
Distributions: Division II

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