From the Stoics to Ubuntu: Philosophies of the Good Life (PHI2149.01)

Catherine McKeen & Paul Voice

This class examines a variety of answers to the ancient question: How do I live a good life? We’ll engage with thinkers from diverse traditions across time and space as we clarify our own understanding of what makes life worth living and as we articulate a more developed conception of the good life. Readings will include texts from Greek and Roman antiquity, selections from Confucian, Daoist, Indian and Tibetan Buddhist, and African Ubuntu thought traditions, works in Anglo-American and European philosophy, and contemporary essays reflecting on the good life.


Learning Outcomes:
• De-code and make sense of primary source texts
• Engage thoughtfully with diverse viewpoints
• Analyze philosophical arguments
• Develop a deeper understanding of foundational concepts in philosophy

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 30
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Philosophy