Major Course Research Questions for Happiness and Wisdom
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- How objective, real, or subjective is happiness?
- What is the relationship between happy states of mind and happy lives?
- To what extent can money make you happy?
- Are happy societies wealthy societies? Should increasing GDP be our focus?
- What role does fate and luck play in happiness?
- What role does love and intimacy play in happiness?
- What role does pleasure play in happiness?
- What role does social esteem and career success play in happiness?
- To what extent can we influence our general happiness by the things we do?
- What insights and practices, if any, can I make use of from historical philosophical and religious thought on happiness (Christianity, Hellenistic schools, Yoga, Buddhism)?
- Is wisdom real or a subjective and cultural myth?
- Is wisdom a kind of knowledge? If so, what kind of knowledge is it?
- Is Wisdom a form of social cognition?
- Can wisdom be acquired? If so, what sorts of learning and training work?
- How do religious and secular approaches to wisdom differ?
- What is the age of onset of wisdom?
- Is wisdom more like the discovery of knowledge or a kind of making (Aristotle - Osbeck p. 70)
- Is wisdom partly the result of personal training of emotions, (especially, in relation to knowledge of reality (Stoicism) or the nature of mind (Yoga), or a view about the reality of self and change (Buddhism), or spiritual development (major religions)?
- How do ancient philosophies and major world religions contribute to our understanding of wisdom?
- Does wisdom contribute to life satisfaction (happiness) or does wisdom make you sadder?
- Does our evolutionary history tell us anything about how wisdom is realized in our species?
- Can we talk about wise and unwise cultures?