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7.10.13 … Stanford’s the Art of Living: “We cannot make you happy. The item for sale is not happiness, but the possibility of happiness. That requires an art for living.” …

Stanford University, The Art of Living, free, Open Culture: Watching the first installment of 17 …

 

What is a liberal education? And how can it help you live a more authentic and purposeful life? They are timely and timeless questions that get answered by The Art of Living, a team-taught course presented to Stanford freshmen. The first lecture (above) addresses these questions head on. And the remainder of the course (17 videos) puts the initial thinking into practice, using great works of literature and philosophy to explore what it means to live a well-lived life. Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Toni Morrison all guide the way. Taught by Lanier Anderson, Kenneth Taylor and Joshua Landy, the Stanford course puts you in a position to address “fundamental and enduring questions about what it means to be human.” Whether you work in business, science or the arts, you will get something big out of the class.

via The Art of Living: A Free Stanford Course Explores Timeless Questions | Open Culture.

Professor Lanier Andersen asks:

“What is actually for sale at this university? What are you paying all that money to purchase? Liberal education is about freedom not just in the negative sense of freedom from work. It’s about a positive freedom, which allows a person to do something, be something, become a certain person – it’s about what W.E.B DuBois called ‘the soul’s freedom for expansion and self-expression’. Liberal training is not about learning a trade. It’s about learning to live in the first place. DuBois said: ‘The riddle of existence is the college curriculum…The true college will ever have but one goal: not to earn meat but to know the end and aim of that life which meat nourishes.”…’We cannot make you happy. The item for sale is not happiness, but the possibility of happiness. That requires an art for living.’

The second speaker, Professor Kenneth Taylor, is hilarious. ‘I’d like to welcome you to the ownership of your life.’ Awesome.

via Stanford’s course in the Art of Living – Philosophy for Life – official website of author Jules Evans.

Philosophy Talk celebrates the value of the examined life. Each week, our two host philosophers invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues ranging from popular culture to our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. We are dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity. Philosophy Talk is accessible, intellectually stimulating, and most of all, fun!

Philosophy Talk is produced by Ben Manilla Productions, Inc. on behalf of Stanford University, as part of its Humanities Outreach Initiative.

via About Us | Philosophy Talk.

 


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