Notes for Thursday, March 5
The schedule is a bit rough this week, because I had to cancel the 9 am class on Tuesday; my car overheated a mile out from my house.
So, first of all, please do the following for Thursday:
1. Review the reading notes on Thoreau.
2. Read the second chapter in DeBotton, Consolation for Not Having Enough Money, and be clear on what Epicurus thinks is needed for happiness and about how Epicurus thinks about the various goods that people propose as necessary for happiness, to determine whether they are in fact necessary – his method.
3. Watch the Kahneman video; link is posted on the website. Make a list of the conclusions he reaches about happiness and of the experiments he does to test ideas about happiness. Make special notes of what surprises you.
I will try to finish the grading and commenting today. We may need to move the final draft deadline for paper three out a bit to allow for time to take account of comments. We will talk about that in class on Thursday.