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Philosophy Discussion Club: Christine Korsgaard, Harvard University

Friday, December 1, 2023 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 142
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Christine Korsgaard, Harvard University

The Human Good

One of the oldest questions in philosophy is “What is the best life for a human being?” After considering some prominent ancient and recent views about that question, I propose that we approach the question using a relatively simple method that most philosophers have neglected. We should ask what in general is involved in something’s (some condition, state, or activity, including a certain kind of life) being good for some entity (some object, animal, or person), and then applying this answer to the human case. This method, I argue, yields a surprisingly intuitive answer.

Discussion Club is a lecture series hosted by the Sage School of Philosophy

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