12 x 1-hour lectures per semester
12 x 1-hour seminars per semester
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Topic description
Many people consider happiness to be the main goal of human life. This course considers various issues in connection with this. What is happiness? What is the connection between a temporary feeling of joy, and an overall good life? What role do pleasure, achievement, love, rationality, and moral virtue play in happiness? To answer these questions, the course will draw on contemporary ideas in philosophy and psychology, as well as classical sources.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • address key issues in central theories of the good life

  • identify key points in recent discussions of the good life

  • encourage students to formulate a coherent argument which make reference to some key literature, both ancient and recent, on the good life

  • enable students to clearly express their ideas about the philosophy of science both in writing and orally
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will:

  • have read and understood central texts on the good life

  • appreciate and critique some of the central arguments in ancient and recent literature on the good life

  • be able to formulate their own views and arguments on some important issues in recent literature on the good life

  • be able to clearly express their philosophical views on the good life both in writing and orally