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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
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HUM 3100 - Topics in Philosophy: The Good Life

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1272 .
This higher-level philosophy course explores both ancient and modern theories of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Hedonism, all philosophies that offer ontological and ethical considerations of the good life. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students are challenged to examine the question, “What is the proper or most fulfilling way to live life?” Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the ancient doctrines of Stoicism, Hedonism, and Epicureanism along with their modern and postmodern counterparts.
  2. Recognize the basic methods employed by an oligarchy to control or govern its citizens.
  3. Compare and contrast philosophies which promote a ‘return to nature’ with philosophies which insist that useful and flourishing lives are found only embedded within society.
  4. Examine the connections among politics, power, Eros, and the good life.

Construct a sustained philosophical argument.

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