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Living a Good Life
PHIL 210
Fall 2020
Section: 01   02   03   04  
Crosslisting: CEAS 253

For many philosophers, Eastern and Western, philosophy has been more than an effort to answer fundamental theoretical questions. It has been an activity aimed at changing one's orientation to the world and, thus, how one lives one's life. We will explore Chinese, Greco-Roman, and contemporary versions of the idea that philosophy should be seen as a way of living a good life. How does philosophical reasoning interact with lived practice? How do views about metaphysics or psychology lead to ethical commitments? Despite their differences, Confucians, Daoists, Aristotelians, and Stoics all agreed that philosophy should aim at making us better people. Can such an idea still get traction in today's world?

This course will typically have two 80-minute lecture/discussion sessions each week in which the texts and ideas of major philosophers will be discussed, supplemented by smaller weekly student-led dialogue sessions. Please note that the locations for the different sections of this course are NOT accurately listed below. For details of the locations of each class session and breakout section, please see the course website: https://livingagoodlife.wescreates.wesleyan.edu/.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CSCT)(HRAD-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

Last Updated on JUN-21-2024
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