ASP215 - Philosophy, Happiness, and the Good Life
|Year||2017 unit information|
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)|
|Prerequisite:||Any first year Arts unit|
ASP213/313, ASP315, ASP415
Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class & 1 x 1 hour Seminar
Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.
In this course, we look at some basic life questions everyone faces: what is happiness, and how do we attain it? Is pleasure the goal of life? Is fame the best thing to aspire to? IS strength of character enough to be happy, or do we need good luck? Should we moderate, or try to conquer emotions like anger? Is it ever right to lie? Is altruism the key to a good life, or pursuing self-interest? Each week, competing answers to these questions are examined, and students are prompted to engage with a host of the most important Western philosophers: Socrates, Aristotle, the Stoics, Cicero, Epicureanism, Natural Law, Hume, Kant and utilitarianism.
Class/Online Exercises, 800 words, 20%
Essay 1, 1600 words, 40%
Essay 2, 1600 words, 40%
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