Philosophy as a Way of Life (FYS)|
Fall 2021 not offered
For many philosophers, East and West, philosophy has been more than an effort to answer fundamental 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 life. How does philosophical reasoning interact with lived practice? How do metaphysical views lead to ethical commitments? Despite their differences, Confucians, Christians, 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?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Primary texts from classical Western and Eastern philosophers supplemented by secondary texts and occasional videos.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two longer papers (mid-term and final) plus several shorter writing assignments, plus "philosophical exercises" based upon the practices of the philosophical schools studied in the course.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course will be run as a seminar, in which students will take turns, in teams, preparing to lead class discussions. This and regular participation in class will be important expectations for this course.
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