Title

A Creative Means Toward Happiness

Date

5-30-2013 2:15 PM

Location

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 111

Department

Philosophy

Session Chair

Susan Daniel

Session Title

Philosophy Senior Thesis Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Susan Daniel

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

My objective is to argue that the path to happiness is discovered through creative action. I will use the example of the artist to show how creativity can be applied to work, and how it often produces a conscious state of "flow." Drawing from supporting sources in philosophy, such as Aristotle, Taylor, Collingwood and Nietzsche, I will offer a theory of happiness which can be attained by those who are willing to express themselves and their surroundings in an original way. Through the process of creative activity, means are ends in themselves, and the artist within us flourishes.

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May 30th, 2:15 PM

A Creative Means Toward Happiness

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 111

My objective is to argue that the path to happiness is discovered through creative action. I will use the example of the artist to show how creativity can be applied to work, and how it often produces a conscious state of "flow." Drawing from supporting sources in philosophy, such as Aristotle, Taylor, Collingwood and Nietzsche, I will offer a theory of happiness which can be attained by those who are willing to express themselves and their surroundings in an original way. Through the process of creative activity, means are ends in themselves, and the artist within us flourishes.