In this course we will look at human nature from a philosophical point of view. We will focus on features that characterize human nature when it is flourishing, especially happiness and rationality. We will also consider some natural tendencies that hinder our pursuit of these goals. For source material we will cast our nets wide, looking to philosophers from various schools of thought and from various time periods. We will also take into account contemporary empirical research, especially recent work in the field of positive psychology.
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No experience with Philosophy is assumed.
3 hours of lecture with discussion per week