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The Good Life: Different Perspectives (Philosophy Matters)
9 Nov 2020 @ 18:30 - 20:30 AEDT
We all want our lives to actualise some conception of “The Good Life” where this notion will generally include fulfilment, happiness or wellbeing for ourselves, our family, friends and other people. In addition, for many, to live the good life also entails living with concern for both self and others based on moral and practical or prudential considerations.
Is the good life about experiencing lasting pleasure and minimizing suffering as Hedonism suggests?
In contrast, Altruism proposes we should do “the most good” we can through our life choices, practical efforts and effective charity while Humanism promotes acting on values and concern for outcomes which respect and support other people and better their opportunities in the world.
Akiva Quinn and Usha Sista will explore perspectives on the good life as conceived by various philosophers, traditions and writers including Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Hugh Mackay, Peter Singer, Gretchen Rubin and Alain de Botton.
They will present the Hedonist perspective on the pursuit of happiness as constitutive of the good life and discuss how Altruist and Humanist approaches contrast with a focus on pleasure. Akiva will explore ideas about the good life as intrinsically and extrinsically related to a moral life. Usha will present some elements of a good life as laid out by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics and will also briefly cover the concept of “eudaimonia” or “flourishing or prosperity” as it ties in with the good life.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all events and lectures will be held online until it is safe for us to resume in-person gatherings.