Philosophy & Happiness
Having investigated wisdom that resides in each one of us, this course explores the nature of true happiness. We all know what it is to be happy, but what makes it so elusive sometimes?
This term, we will explore and investigate the true nature of happiness, how it can be fully experienced and how it is lost, as well as the effect of gaining happiness at the expense of another person’s happiness. As we work through this exciting topic, we will encounter ideas that challenge whether or not happiness is natural and whether it is permanent or transient.
We shall investigate “The Platonic Goods” that lead to happiness and the interpretation of these by Marsilio Ficino. Lao Tzu’s ideas on finding one’s inner equilibrium and Patanjali’s thoughts on contentment and the connection between happiness, work, and wisdom will keep us engaged for the duration of the course.
Dates: Week of January 15 to Week of March 26, 2023
Tuesdays 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST (Online Zoom Conference)
Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST (In-person at 29 Madison Ave, Toronto, ON)
Duration: 11 weeks
Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!