CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Section: 101 The Pursuit of Happiness
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Classical Civilization (CLCIV)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
CLCIV 101 and 102.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Thomas Jefferson famously claimed in the Declaration of Independence that humans possess a self-evident and unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness. But in early Greek thought happiness belonged to the blessed gods. It could be bestowed on those whom the gods favored; but human happiness was always at the mercy of those fickle goddesses, Luck and Fortune. To demand it as one’s own was an act of hubris likely to bring about terrible retribution. It was the Greek philosophers who first put forward the idea that is happiness the natural end at which all human action is aimed. They conceived of philosophy as an “art of living” that places happiness within our own power. These claims raise interesting questions about the relationship between virtue, morality, and happiness; questions we will explore in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and the Stoics. One of our abiding concerns will be whether a valid distinction can be made between “ancient” and “modern” conceptions of morality and happiness.

CLCIV 350 - Topics in Classical Civilization
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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There will be no textbook for the course. Selections from ancient sources (including Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Cicero, and Seneca) and articles (including Robert Nozick, Richard Kraut, Julia Annas, L.W. Sumner, Gregory Vlastos, and Terence Irwin) will be posted via C-Tools and University Reserves.
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