How time flies by--here we are 8 weeks into the class! What a great time it has been! And, I wonder, are we any closer to determining what it means to live "the good life"? We definitely have had some great discussions while exploring this question. Along the way every person in class has offered up some potential clues to the solution of our problem. Class members have argued for the importance of friendship, family, education, virtues (such as bravery, loyalty, and honesty), forgiveness, pleasure, money....(the list goes on).
So, it is safe to say that we are all deep into the philosophical question of the good life. What I want to do now, then, is take some time to reflect on the different philosophers we have read and their answers to this question. Specifically, which philosopher's idea of the good life do you agree with most and why? For example, Aristotle locates the good life in happiness coming from virtuous actions; Ayn Rand locates the good life in pursuing one's own rational self-interest, or, being "selfish"; John Stuart Mill locates the good life in the Greatest-happiness principle--we are living a good life for him if we are promoting pleasure and preventing pain for the majority of people in our society. Our job is to reflect on these different answers to our question and try to determine which works best.