Philosophy of Happiness

What is happiness? What makes people happy? Can one person make another person happy? How can anyone judge whether someone is happy? These are perennial questions not only for inquisitive minds but also for thoughtful human beings. Faced with economic, environmental, and ethical challenges, people should wonder whether happiness can be understood mainly and mostly in terms of pleasure, power, and profit. Focusing on the connection between a happy life and a virtuous life, this course explores how happiness can be defined, asks whether it can be measured, and examines the clearly indispensable but often overestimated role that it plays in a flourishing life. Area Requirement for Philosophy: Ethics Prerequisite(s): PHL 1000 or PHL 1100 or PHL 1200 Fulfills: E in LS Core

School

Liberal Arts

Program

Philosophy

Course Number

PHL2250C

Section

A

Instructor

Chris Brooks

Credits

4

Session

FA2

Type

Online

Start – End Dates

10/26/2020-12/18/2020

Student Registration Link

https://mymack.merrimack.edu/ics/myMack_Home/

Other Registration Link

https://gps.merrimack.edu/register/?id=c7a9c242-c45e-4ab1-aa82-659bdf198894