GCVM1027 Good Life in a World of Self-interest (3 units)
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Some philosophers characterize the contemporary world as a world of self-interest. People of this age live largely self-interested lives. Is living a self-interested life the only rational option that we have? Is there still anything else to live for? Is anything worth pursuing apart from money, love, good career, prestige and social status? Is there any better alternative to the conventional pursuit of self-interest? The course will address these questions through exploring philosophical ideas and theories that have important bearing on how to answer the questions. Special attention will be given to the philosophical views such as Hedonism, Egoism, Aristotle’s theory of good life, Utilitarianism, Confucianism and Daoism.
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