Learn to Live Well
Mon, Jan 23
You can learn to solve a differential equation. You can learn to ride a bike. But is happiness something that can be learned? And if so, how? This session will introduce the fundamental philosophical puzzle of God and the Good Life and discuss Aristotle's answer to it.
We have three main learning goals for this day. You will:
- Understand Aristotle's "eudaimonist" view of happiness (as contrasted with "hedonism").
- Appreciate why it's so important, on the eudaimonist's view, to know our "function."
- Critically evaluate rival approaches to thinking about morality and the good life.
Prof. Blaschko's students should read this: Interactive Essay: Aristotle on Learning to Live Well (Nicomachean Ethics I.7, II.1-4)
Prof. Christy's students should read and annotate this same text via Perusall.
Prof. Blaschko's students: Read and annotate the short "Application Article" on Perusall.
Prof. Christy's students: Read the short "Application Article" on Perusall.
All students: After you've finished today's reading, make sure you complete the reading quiz, which you can access through your section's Canvas page.