September 28

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Breakout

Happiness, Self-Sufficiency, and Death

In this breakout session we'll review some of Aristotle's arguments against identifying the good life with the life of pleasure, the life of politics/honor, and the life of wealth. After this we'll consider the influence of Aristotle on the development of the contemporary virtue ethics movement and discuss the distinctiveness of this approach to ethical inquiry in modern moral philosophy. We'll also discuss the rest of Book I not discussed on Monday and assigned for today, where Aristotle raises various puzzles concerning the relationship between happiness, self-sufficiency, and death.

Before Class

  • Consider your own responses to the puzzles Aristotle raises in Book I concerning the relationship between happiness, self-sufficiency, and death

After Class