2 Early Level Courses



Philosophy & Freedom

 

Prerequisite: Philosophy Works!

 

Everyone longs to be free of something.  But as a practical philosopher, you’ll be interested in the meaning of true freedom.  Plato has a great deal to say about this, but how does it apply to your life today?  This is what Philosophy & Freedom explores.  r, what do you understand by the word “freedom”.

 

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Philosophy & Happiness

Philosophy & Happiness

 

This course focuses on the nature of true happiness – an essential aspect of human nature.  Following on the consideration of the nature of wisdom in “Philosophy Works”, this course enlightens the ways in which one might play their part in the world with ease and enjoyment.  The mindful exercise continues, and personal experience and insights add flavour to the discussion of this natural phenomenon.

Week 1.  Inquiry into the nature of true happiness.  Can it be permanent or real?

Week 2.   Acting in such a way that those around us may be happy and enjoy well-being.

Week 3.   A closer look at observation involving the three main elements.

Week 4.   Allowing a fresh, non-habitual response.  Simply connect with the actual present.

Week 5.  To be happy is to be in tune with one’s own nature.

Week 6   Consider this:  The true purpose of law is to ensure happiness.

Week 7.  Happiness is experience in the present moment.

Week 8.  Consider this: “The greatest happiness for the greatest numbers” vs the Vedic principle of seeking happiness for all.

Week 9.  Is there a difference between happiness and pleasure?  What the philosophers say:                    

- Aristippus: “Pleasure is the goal of all action”

- Epicurus: “Pleasure is the aim, but to achieve it, we must find moderation in order to minimize pain.

Week 10.  According to Plato:

-The distinction between necessary and unnecessary pleasures.

-The Platonic goods, the divine and the human goods.

-The eternal present and passing time.

 

 

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