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Living a Good Life

Have you ever asked yourself: “What is the good life?”; “What should I value?”; and “What should I believe?” Start the New Year by exploring these questions and more in a three-part event series aimed at providing alumni, parents, and friends the opportunity to take a minicourse based on the Living a Good Life class, piloted Fall semester 2020.

Professors Steven Horst, Stephen Angle, and Tushar Irani will lecture and attendees will participate in activities during each one-hour meeting. Attendance is encouraged for all three meetings, but not required. We hope you will join us for this unique opportunity!

Event Details
Meeting 1 with Steven Horst, Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy
Introduction, Means and Desires
Thursday, January 14 
Noon-1 PM EST

Meeting 2 with Stephen Angle, Professor of Philosophy and Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies
Thursday, January 21 
7-8 PM EST

Meeting 3 with Tushar Irani, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Letters
Monday, February 1 
Noon-1 PM EST

The New York Times published an article in October discussing this course and its inaugral semester at Wesleyan. The Daily Nous also published a similar article, guest written by Professors Angle, Horst, and Irani, giving readers an overview of this course and what it looked like to teach during the pandemic. 

Registration note: please register individually (preferably with separate emails). You may “Add Another Registrant” if you want to register on behalf of another person.
You will automactially be registered for all 3 events upon registration. An email with the Zoom meeting link and details on how to join the program will be sent to your email address prior to each of the 3 sessions. All three of these lectures will be recorded and will be shared with registrants when available. 

Questions? Please contact Molly McGonigle at mmcgonigle@wesleyan.edu

Additional information on our speakers:
Steven Horst: Chair of the Philosophy Department, Professor of Science in Society, and Coordinator of Christianity Studies. Steven Horst works in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, philosophy of science, metaphysics, epistemology, semantics, cognitive science of religion, and moral psychology.  His books include Cognitive Pluralism (MIT 2016), Laws, Mind, and Free Will (MIT 2011), and Beyond Reduction (Oxford 2007). Read more.
Stephen Angle
: Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Global Studies. A philosophy writer and researcher specializing in Chinese Philosophy, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, and comparative philosophy, Angle’s research focuses on philosophy’s role in human rights, politics, and ethics both in China and globally. Angle’s work is informed by an on-going exchange of ideas with colleagues in universities in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Germany, and France, and through his international philosophy blog, http://warpweftandway.com/Read more. 
Tushar Irani: Associate Professor of Letters and Associate Professor of Philosophy. Tushar Irani's research focuses on Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy. He is the author of Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of the recent volume of essays, Philosophy as a Way of Life: Historical, Contemporary, and Pedagogical Perspectives (Wiley, 2020). Irani holds a joint appointment at Wesleyan in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Letters. Beginning in the spring of 2021, he will be serving as Director of the College of Letters. Read more. 


01/14/2021 12:00 PM EST - 02/01/2021 01:00 PM EST
Virtual Event
Wesleyan University