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Design Your Life with Philosophy

How should you respond to existential anxiety, peer pressure, or crisis? Will a religious, scientific, or artistic life make you feel more at home in the universe? Should you choose a career that helps the most people, one that makes the most money, or one that’s the most fun? What’s so important about being your authentic self if it means being an outcast? Is it possible to be authentic on social media? In this course, students will design their own “life philosophy,” drawing inspiration in views of the good life put forward by history’s great philosophers, exploring how their theories are reflected in pop culture and the world around us. We will also engage with cutting-edge developments in the philosophy of identity, thinking about what our race, gender, or sexuality tell us about who we are. By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate their own life philosophy and use it to inform life’s big decisions in high school, college, and beyond.

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Session Two
at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.