Philosophy : Examines how ancient philosophers grapple with the question of how we should live, especially Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, Epicureans and Skeptics, who advertise their philosophies as gateways to happiness, virtue and peace of mind. Also covers select modern views, from Kierkegaard to Sartre, and asks how these differ from the views of the ancients. Analyzes the debate of fundamental questions: What things really matter? Does it pay to be good? What is the best society? Can we escape the roller-coaster of our emotions? Looks at how answers tie in with assumptions about god, nature, knowledge, the soul and politics.
Terms: Winter 2023
Instructors: Magal, Oran (Winter)