Title

Stoicism, the Path to Happiness

Date

5-30-2013 2:40 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

In the Encheiridion Epictetus described his belief that we can obtain happiness through stoicism. Stoicism explains the fact that there are things in this world we cannot control such as death and that by understanding and accepting this, we are able to focus upon the things we can control. Doing this will enable us to ignore the things that will distract us from happiness. In this paper I argue that stoicism is the true path to happiness. Next, I attempt to disprove the theories concerning happiness of other philosophers, such as Richard Taylor’s virtue ethics. Finally, I conclude that Stoicism succeeds where the other philosophers that I discuss fail.

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May 30th, 2:40 PM

Stoicism, the Path to Happiness

Bellamy Hall (HSS) 111

In the Encheiridion Epictetus described his belief that we can obtain happiness through stoicism. Stoicism explains the fact that there are things in this world we cannot control such as death and that by understanding and accepting this, we are able to focus upon the things we can control. Doing this will enable us to ignore the things that will distract us from happiness. In this paper I argue that stoicism is the true path to happiness. Next, I attempt to disprove the theories concerning happiness of other philosophers, such as Richard Taylor’s virtue ethics. Finally, I conclude that Stoicism succeeds where the other philosophers that I discuss fail.