The Problem of Happiness is a course created specifically for the newcomer to the field of Philosophy. Focusing on what is arguably the most important issue in Philosophy--the problem of human happiness--this course examines the ideas of the most important thinkers of the ancient world to discover what enduring wisdom they can impart about the nature and realization of happiness to modern students.
In the end you'll probably be quite surprised at how relevant and interesting some of the ideas that we'll be exploring in this class are to your own 21st century life. And, if you're lucky, you might just find yourself becoming happier as a result.
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This course is actually part of a year-long exploration of the problem of human happiness. In the fall, we explore this problem from a Western perspective. In the spring, we examine how the great philosophical and religious traditions of the East, attempt to solve this problem through some seriously profound religious practices like yoga, meditation, self-affirmation, and breath regulation:
If you'd like to continue your exploration of happiness during the spring semester, contact your instructor about the second part of this class, which can be taken either for Philosophy or Theology credits.