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The Pursuit of Happiness 
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Epictetus

Epictetus

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Beginning in August of 1999, I gave a series of eight lectures on “The Pursuit of Happiness: Philosophies East and West,” dealing with different conceptions of the good life. The syllabus was:

  1. Introduction
  2. Harmony, Inner and Outer (Plato, Lao Tzu)
  3. Self-Actualization (Montaigne, Nietzsche)
  4. Detachment (Epictetus, the Buddha)
  5. Duty (Confucius, Kant, Montaigne)
  6. Pleasure (Callicles, Epicurus)
  7. The Conquest of Nature (Ayn Rand)
  8. The Spiritual Life (William James)

I have tapes of all eight lectures, and the sound quality so far seems pretty good. I will put them online in 16 parts. As usual, the students’ questions were often not caught by the microphone, so they were edited out. But my answers make clear what the questions were.

 

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2 Comments

  1. rhondda
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    I liked the stoics when I was at university. They remind me of the old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.’ I could say that with great self-righteousness. As usual, a very interesting lecture.

  2. Peter Quint
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    “Of what consequence is my happiness?” thus spake Zarathustra.

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