Philosophy of Happiness [Happiness]

Happiness really matters. But do we really know what happiness is? Is it reachable? Do we have a right to happiness? Do we have the duty to be happy? Are we condemned to be happy? What’s the difference between being happy and leading a happy life?

Throughout this course we will dive into these and more questions related to happiness. And we will do so by going to philosophy and what different thinkers have thought about this topic. We will follow the history of Western Philosophy, which has a rich tradition of thinking about happiness, in order to understand how the concept of happiness has evolved and changed throughout the history of ideas.

We are going to analyse how happiness relates, for example, with virtue, pleasure, utility, will or pain. And we will also learn what science has to say about happiness.

All this knowledge will definitely enrich our class debates and our way of thinking about something that challenges us and empowers our lives. Once we clarify the concept of happiness, hope we end up knowing a little bit more about the path to happiness.

Mariana Niethardt 

Mariana Niethardt holds a PhD in Political Philosophy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy by Universidad Pontificia Comillas. She also teaches “Legal Thought” and “Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy” at IE. She has worked for many years at “The School of Philosophy” in Madrid.

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