Announcing a new Meetup for The Berkeley Philosophy Meetup Group!
What: The Pursuit of Happiness
When: July 22,[masked]:00 PM
Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)
Meetup Description: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are among the inalienable rights of man, according to the US Declaration of Independence, as written by Jefferson. But where does this idea of the pursuit of happiness originate? Perhaps from Locke, who stated that men should have a right to "life, liberty and estate." According to Aristotelian ethics, the highest goal in life is happiness or eudaimonia, however in Greek philosophy this word frequently means something other than its present connotation of simply joy or pleasure. It was perhaps John Stuart Mill who first argued that happiness is the sole end of any human action, and the reading for this month is Chapter Four of his short book Utilitarianism.
Links to online sources for the reading are here:http://philosophy.meetup.com/179/calendar/8261623/