Everyone is in pursuit of a good life, but what exactly does “good” mean? Students in philosophy Professor Wes Demarco’s The Good Life, a First-Year Intensive course, spend an entire semester trying to determine if there’s a link between health, achievements, social involvement, ethical endeavors, and living a satisfactory life.
“In empirical psychology, there is wonderful work on self-deception in relation to positive affect. So, if the good life were about pleasure-pain ratio, why not just live in illusion? Why not blissful ignorance,” Demarco asks. “In my philosophical opinion, this is why we need to subject the idea of a pleasant life to critical examination.”
Demarco discusses concepts of happiness, human nature, and quality of life, analyzing their importance on one’s journey to fulfillment.