Philosophy – Happiness to Harry Potter

Philosophy belongs in the lives of everyone. It helps us solve our problems -mundane or abstract, and it helps us make better decisions by developing our critical thinking. Take a philosophical tour of the Hogwarts or learn the best ways to live a happier life.

What is Happiness? Happiness and Harry Potter - February 15, 2020

Are you ready to push your understanding of the Harry Potter to a new level? Join us as we take a philosophical tour of Hogwarts and discuss the complexities of happiness. We all want to live happy, fulfilling lives. But what is happiness? Is it pleasure or does happiness require something else? Can you say 'no' to your strongest desire like Ron did in front of the Mirror of Erisid, and should you? What IS the best way to become happier? Ancient philosophers thought this was the most important question we could ask, and Harry Potter continues the investigation. Come learn about what they all thought a happy, good life might look like.

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Joshua Rust is a professor and chair in Stetson's Philosophy Department and Gregory Sapp is a professor in Stetson's Religious Studies Department and Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility. Both are fans of the Harry Potter series and parents; Dr. Rust has co-authored "House-Elves, Hogwarts, and Friendship: Casting Away the Institutions which Made Voldemort's Rise Possible," published in Reason Papers in 2012. Dr. Sapp has taught a seminar on the theology of Harry Potter.

Registration Information

Ages: Appropriate for ages 11-17

  Date: February 15, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Location: Stetson Deland Campus

Cost: $49 per week or $95 for both sessions

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