Virtue, Happiness, and the Human Good

William (Beau) Weston (Centre College, KY) and Danilo Petranovich (Elm Institute)

June 5-10, 2016

Aristotle says that happiness is the highest aim of human life, the only end that is not a means to some other end. How can we live a private life that contributes to our happiness? How can we live a public life that contributes to our happiness? This seminar takes a philosophical and sociological approach to these fundamental questions. Readings are drawn from the works of Aristotle, Alexis de Tocqueville, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Jonathan Haidt. Students will engage in practical exercises and propose projects to enhance happiness. The seminar is open to advanced undergraduates (including graduating seniors) and graduate students with interests in moral philosophy, politics, sociology and economics.