All of us must make fundamental life choices and decide what is most valuable to us. We may opt for a life of reason and knowledge; one of faith and discipline; one of nature and freedom; one of community and altruism; or one of originality and style. We may even choose to live our lives as though they were works of art. In every case, hard work is required: Our lives are not just given to us, but need to be made. To live well is, in fact, to practice an art of living. In this course, we will explore the various ways in which it is possible to live well and beautifully, what it takes to implement our values, and what happens when they come under pressure from inside and out.
In five sessions over a ten-week period, participants explored the human condition and the ways in which we find meaning, make fundamental life choices, and construct beautiful and well-lived lives for ourselves.
One part college course, one part radio series, each meeting began with a traditional lecture on each week's topic by John or Ken, followed by the taping of a radio program where the host were joined as usual by a special guest:
The Art of Living
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Tamar Schapiro, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University
|The Demands of Morality The Demands of Morality|
Howard Wettstein, Professor of Philosophy, University of California Riverside
|Faith, Reason, and the Art of Living Religion and the Art of Living|
Owen Flanagan, Professor of Philosophy and of Neurobiology, Duke University
|Finding Meaning in a Material World Finding Meaning in a Material World|
Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University
|Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times|
R. Lanier Anderson, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University
|Life as a Work of Art Life as a Work of Art|