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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHL 317 Philosophy of Happiness

3 Credit(s) CS W-II
Happiness is a concept that has received attention in philosophy, psychology, political science, and economics. This course will philosophically evaluate competing conceptions of the nature, source and value of happiness, as well as the relation between these theories and contemporary debates about well-being. The following questions, among others, will be discussed: What is happiness? Is it necessary for a worthwhile life? Does happiness depend on one’s state of mind, one’s circumstances or both? Are the “Happy Life” and the “Good Life” the same? We will explore both historical and contemporary sources, including such philosophers as Aristotle, Mill, and Kekes. We may also look at current scientific literature and studies on happiness. Three lecture hours per week.