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University of Pittsburgh    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Apr 15, 2024
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
Aristotle wrote that “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” The modern west, however, is facing a happiness crisis. We are experiencing historic levels of depression, anxiety, and lack of meaning. Cultures around the world and throughout history have had a lot to say about the nature of happiness. In this interdisciplinary class, we explore different conceptions of happiness and work to develop a capacious definition of happiness as “human flourishing.” We then turn our attention to the pre-conditions necessary to promote human flourishing and survey how various disciplines might be oriented toward the flourishing person. We conclude the course by reflecting on the course material to help students reflect on their own lives and how they might construct flourishing lives in college and beyond.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Letter Grade

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