The Good Life

Upper School

Grade 11, Grade 12

History and Social Science

Credits: .5

Aristotle called it eudaimonia, which is usually translated as well-being, flourishing, happiness, or fulfillment. What does it mean to live a good life? Do we all agree on what the good life is or should be? Do we need to? Philosophers, priests, economists, and sages in every generation have tried to answer the question, but overwhelmingly it has been answered by men. Do women have a different answer? Coursework will draw upon several religious, philosophical, and folk traditions as students ask the question: what is a life worth living – today – for you? Students examine different models of “the good life” as they practice habits of reflection and action. Students will combine personal reflection with group conversation as they grapple with consequential thinkers and engage in a deep learning experience that prepares them for a concluding exercise in articulating their own vision of “the good life.”