Jul 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

PHL 2250 - Philosophy of Happiness

Credits: 4
What is happiness? What makes people happy? Can one person make another person happy? How can anyone judge whether someone else is happy? These are perennial questions not only for inquisitive minds but also for thoughtful human beings. Faced with economic, environmental, and ethical challenges, people should wonder whether happiness can be understood mainly and mostly in terms of pleasure, power, and profit. Focusing on the connection between a happy life and a virtuous life, this course explores how happiness can be defined, asks whether it can be measured, and examines the clearly indispensable but often overestimated role that it plays in a flourishing life.  Area Requirement for Philosophy:  Ethics
Prerequisite(s): Any 1000 level course in philosophy
Fulfills: E in LS Core