The Good Life

Jack Kwong
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 12:30-1:45 pm
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What is the good life, and what is it to live it? Is the good life a contemplative and rational one, or is it a tranquil life with minimal emotional disturbance? Should we strive for a life that is filled with sensual pleasures, wealth and power, or should we instead adopt an ascetic life? Does the good life require that a person build and develop a certain character, for instance, one that is virtuous and ethical? What in turn does this imply about our psychological constitution and human nature?

This course proposes to address these questions related to the good life, and will examine and assess various answers that have been offered by philosophers and other scholars interested in the inquiry. Special attention, however, will be given to the views of the Stoic philosophers, including Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus.

A central objective of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to raise and explore these important questions in an academic setting and to furnish them with the relevant background and skills to answer them. They will also be encouraged to develop their own accounts of the good life, and to defend it with intellectual rigor.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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