Scholars in Ethics and Medicine

Scholars in Ethics and Medicine General Description: Scholars in Ethics and Medicine is a yearlong, certificate-granting program that gives a small cohort of students the [...]

Teaching for Wisdom

Teaching for Wisdom Developing Character in the Classroom Are you interested in helping kids and adolescents develop as whole persons and not merely intellectually? Have [...]

Virtue and the Good Life

Virtue and the Good Life Collective Reflection on a Well-Lived Life Description: Virtue and the Good Life is a yearlong, interdisciplinary program that provides a selective [...]


Beauty, Value, and the Good

Beauty, Value, and the Good HPI Mini-Seminar led by Hannah McKeown DESCRIPTION This course will consider two themes related to the idea of beauty as [...]

In the Shadow of End Times

In the Shadow of End Times HPI Mini-Seminar led by Kévin Irakóze DESCRIPTION This course explores human collectivities’ reactions to the destruction of social worlds. [...]

Virtue and Vice in Concentration Camps

Virtue and Vice in the Concentration Camps Primo Levi on The Necessity and Limitations of Moral Judgment Under Extreme Oppression Led by Prof. Ben Laurence (bio) [...]

Cinema and Despair

Cinema and Despair HPI Character and Action Seminar Led by Prof. Dan Morgan (bio)   Description Robert Bresson is best known for his “transcendental film style” [...]

Virtues Close to Our Heart

Virtues Close to Our Heart: Non-Cardinal Virtues in Literature and Film HPI Character and Action Seminar led by Thomas Pavel (bio) Description: [...]

Alumni Discourse Series

Toward a Thoughtful Conservatism

Toward a Thoughtful Conservatism Seminar Description: It can be difficult to find sources of inspiration or aspiration if you feel at all [...]

On Liberty for a New Generation

On Liberty for a New Generation Seminar Description: Members of Gen Z—US citizens born after the mid-1990s--are a rising and growing force [...]


2020-2021 Courses

2020-2021 FOR-CREDIT COURSES Fall In the Physics, Aristotle lays out the basic concepts and principles governing his thought about physical reality. His approach is both philosophically [...]

2019-2020 Courses

2019-2020 FOR-CREDIT COURSES Fall Aristotle’s approach to ethics is sometimes termed intellectualist, meaning that it has no room for a notion of the will, understood [...]

2018-2019 Courses

2018-2019 FOR-CREDIT COURSES Fall Most of us seek to be reasonably good people leading what we take to be successful and satisfying lives. There is [...]

2017-2018 Courses

2017-2018 FOR-CREDIT COURSES Spring Practical reason can be distinguished from theoretical or speculative reason in many ways. Traditionally, some philosophers have distinguished the two by [...]

"Even now, in an age not much given to mysticism, there are people who ask 'What is the meaning of life?' Not a few of them make the simple…assumption that there is something to be known here….. And most of those same people make the equally unguarded assumption that the whole issue of life's meaning presupposes some positive answer to the question whether it can be plainly and straightforwardly true that this or that thing or activity or pursuit is good, has value, or is worth something. Finally…they suppose that questions like that of life's meaning must be among the central questions of moral philosophy."

David Wiggins, Truth, Invention, and the Meaning of Life," in Needs, Values, Truth (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 87
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