Pursue a Life of Contemplation

Wed, Nov 07

How does your intellect figure into the meaning of your life?  Is there a way of living that neither time, nor ill-health, nor bad luck could ever disrupt?  In this class, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of the life of contemplation and puzzle through one of Aristotle's most surprising arguments.  We'll also debate whether the world needs more philosophers... or whether philosophers even need the world.

Key Concepts: Complete Happiness (Aristotelian debate), Social vs. Personal Lives of Contemplation, Cave Allegory (Plato)