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Philosophy as a Way of Life
PHIL 221
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EAST 220

For many philosophers, East and West, philosophy has been more than an effort to answer fundamental questions. It has been an activity aimed at changing one's orientation to the world and, thus, how one lives one's life. We will explore Chinese, Greco-Roman, and contemporary versions of the idea that philosophy should be seen as a way of life. How does philosophical reasoning interact with lived practice? How do metaphysical views lead to ethical commitments? Despite their differences, Confucians, Daoists, Aristotelians, and Stoics all agreed that philosophy should aim at making us better people. Can such an idea still get traction in today's world?

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning
Our central theme concerns the how the practice of philosophy informs how one should live one's life.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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