Schedule

Sunday July 8

Participants arrive. Welcome dinner.

Monday July 9

Morning (10:00-12:00): Participant Backgrounds and Introductions; Introduction to “Philosophy as a Way Life” Idea Reading: Pierre Hadot, “Philosophy as a Way of Life”; John Cooper, Pursuits of Wisdom (selections)

Afternoon (2:00-4:00): Directors Angle, Grimm, and Sullivan review experiences with “way of life” classes at Wesleyan, Fordham, and Notre Dame

Tuesday July 10

Morning (10:00-12:00): Confucianism as a Way of Life: Scholarly Introduction Readings: Confucius, Analects; Chu Hsi, Learning to be a Sage (selections)

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Philosophical Discussion of Confucianism as a Way of Life

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Confucianism, Teaching Implementation

Wednesday July 11

Morning (10:00-12:00): Buddhism as a Way of Life: Scholarly Introduction Readings: Buddhaghosa, The Path of Purification; Śāntideva, Way of the Bodhisattva (selections)

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Philosophical Discussion of Buddhism as a Way of Life

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Buddhism, Teaching Implementation

Thursday July 12

Distinctive Assignment Day

Morning (10:00-12:00): Immersive Assignments, presentation and discussion

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Student Apologies, presentation and discussion

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Sustained Dialogue, presentation and discussion

Friday July 13

Morning (10:00-12:00): Large-Group Discussion of Alternatve “Way of Life” Thinkers, Curriculum Ideas, and Methods of Assessment

Afternoon (2:00-5:00): Meetings/Outings for Smaller Discussion/Curriculum Design Groups

Monday July 16

Morning (10:00-12:00): Stoicism as a Way of Life: Scholarly Introduction Readings: Seneca, Letters from a Stoic; Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (selections)

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Philosophical Discussion of Stoicism as a Way of Life

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Stoicism, Teaching Implementation

Tuesday July 17

Morning (10:00-12:00): Ancient Skepticism: Scholarly Introduction Readings: Sextus Empiricus: Outlines of Scepticism; Pyrrhonian Skepticism in Diogenes Laertius (selections)

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Philosophical Discussion of Ancient Skepticism as a Way of Life

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Ancient Skepticism, Teaching Implementation

Wednesday July 18

Morning (10:00-12:00): Existentialism: Scholarly Introduction Readings: Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling; Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism (selections)

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Philosophical Discussion of Existentialism as a Way of Life

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Existentialism, Teaching Implementation

Thursday July 19

Morning (10:00-12:00): Kantianism as a Way of Life: Scholarly Introduction Readings: Kant, Lectures on Ethics; Kant, The Doctrine of Virtue in The Metaphysics of Morals

Early Afternoon (2:00-3:30): Philosophical Discussion of Kantianism as a Way of Life

Late Afternoon (3:45-5:00): Kantianism as a Way of Life, Teaching Implementation

Friday July 20

Participant Syllabi Presentations

Closing discussion: Going forward with Philosophy as a Way of Life: building on the promise and avoiding pitfalls

Closing Dinner