Birth, Life and Death: The Philosophy of Your Life

Instructor: 
Jeffrey Maynes
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the HU general education requirement

What can philosophy teach us about our experiences, decisions and trials as we live our lives and ultimately face our deaths? In this course, we will follow the course of a life, from birth, through childhood and education, to one's career and ultimately to death. Along the way, we'll examine the difficult and pressing choices we have to make. How do we find meaning in our life? What is the relationship between a good life and a good paycheck? Can one ever make a rational decision about having children? How does our identity develop as children? How should we face our inevitable demise? Careful consideration of philosophical arguments will help us answer these questions, and students will develop their abilities to think clearly and carefully about these crucial moments we all face. By the end of the semester, students will improve their abilities to understand and work through the philosophical underpinnings of everyday decisions and apply those skills to the decisions they actually face.