Plan II Spring 2009 Perspectives Class: Perspectives on Happiness: What is happiness?
Wed, January 28, 2009 • 7:00 PM • Gearing Hall (GEA), Room 105
Tonight's speaker is Dr. David Sosa, Department of Philosophy Chair. This unique course, taught by Plan II Director Professor Michael Stoff, brings together a panel of faculty members from various disciplines to discuss their views on happiness. Despite the guarantee of its pursuit as a constitutional right, happiness has often been hard to find. Is happiness attainable in an imperfect world? How is it defined and who exactly doesthe defining? Does the meaning of happiness change over timeDavid Sosa taught previously at Dartmouth College and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before coming to Texas. A specialist in the philosophy of mind and language, he has interests ranging widely over issues in ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His publications include “Consequences of Consequentialism” (Mind,1993), “The Import of the Puzzle About Belief” (Philosophical Review,1996), and “Rigidity in the Scope of Russell's Theory” (Nous, 2001). He is co-editor (with A.P. Martinich) of A Companion to Analytic Philosophy (Blackwell, 2001) and Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2001) and is associate editor of Philosophy for the 21st Century (Oxford, 2002). Dr. Sosa was featured in Richard Linklater’s 2001 film, Waking Life.