Is the Good Life to Be Lived or Strived For?
LAS 491 - Is the Good Life to Be Lived or Strived For?3 hours This seminar will examine definitions of “the good” and “the virtuous” in an effort to explore the degree to which either can be applied as a model for living one’s life. Explorations of this topic will often stem from our consideration of what constitutes goodness and virtue. Are they set absolutes whose characteristics define and set the limits of what qualifies as living a good life? Or are they inscrutable ideals whose values lie not in their attainability, but in the pursuits their indeterminable natures inspire? We will work to understand the significance of these questions’ answers within the context of contemporary society and Dominican’s mission.