From last week: Achievements
Focus on the difficulty of the achievement is another way to measure the
Experience machine gets the insides right but doesnt get the outsides right
What are the major aspects of being a human?
Happiness and Well-Being
Life is all about experiences and the type of experiences we have them
What you dont know cant hurt you
Hypothetical Experience Machine
Can make you feel like you are feeling the emotions in any experience you des
Don't multitask while in class
Doesn't check email constantly
What should you want out of life? What are the things worth having in life?
Touch upon plausible answers
What is the BEST kind of life?
A kind of complication: the phrasing of "the best
What makes achievement valuable?
How is it that achieving something makes my life the richer and valuable entity?
If at the end of your life you look back and say you didnt accomplish something,
One way is that you could look at it as lettin
Seniors how did you choose your major?
We dont have a journalism, dental, pharmacy majors
For most people, they simply look for the training needed to embark into the career/professional
school that it is that they desire to get into; this ki
Why, whether, arguments for and against having children. Explored using first person point of
Question becomes what are you getting into when having a child?; case that most people do
In the past: children were old age insurance;
What importance should it have in our lives? How much weight should we put on it?
Why should we be moral? This implies reasons why its necessarynot questioning whether its
When it comes to taxes is it moral thing to do them? Can we do the t
Whats involved in being honest?
How often do we tell lies?
Honesty is a matter of not telling lies Kagan says that theres more to honesty than this
Should not be confused with across the board telling the truth
One thing to say that morality asks
Leftover from last week:
Most people felt that more to life than just good experiences
Objectively, having the good things from the list of goods is good
However, what if someone has many of those and still doesnt feel good; could
be a fantastic life
Let's keep answering the question: what is well-being?
Remember the distinction between things that are instrumentally valuable (wealth, career,
friendship) and things that are intrinsically valuable (pleasure)
We are not especially interested
Notes on what counts as right?
Weve discussed the importance of children, family, happiness, relationships, etc.
We still havent discussed a lot issues, like the importance of creativity? Value? Forms it can
Suppose you had a list of things worth go
Value of Friendship
Reasons & Ways that friendship is valuable Tuesday we spent discussing the nature of it; now
were going to talk about in what ways it makes it valuable for us to have; possible reasons why
Why is it valuable?
1. Levels of Friendship
Is there anything with value?
Worry is that although it seems that all of this is valuable, then it could be an illusion?
Will what we do now matter in 2k, 20k, 200k, 2m years from now?
Cosmic Insignificance Objection
Establishes that nothing matter
Point from Tuesday that he wanted to come back to: Alger Horatio and Horatio Alger slope
Almost everyone thought starting off bad, ending better, was better than the other option
Although thats an interesting question from an academic point
To what extent do we have a moral obligation to help others? What does it demand in helping
Walking by and theres a child drowning in a pond that needs to be rescued:
Say you have the skills to save the child, is it your obligation
Concrete issues, nature of love friendship to more abstract issues like honesty, morality
What is the meaning of life?
Question evokes some humor, yet still a question that we wonder about
Does it have meaning, can it be meaningful, what is its m