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Apeiron Society for the Practice of Philosophy

Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at 7:30 pm
in the Valhalla Room of the Scandinavian Centre,
739 – 20th Ave N.W. Calgary.
Topic:  "A History of Ethics and Happiness"
Speaker: Janet Sisson

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The Talk:

What do we mean when we speak of ethics and of happiness? Is there a connection between these aspects of our lives, and if so, what is it? What would show us that there is no such connection? Some among both ancient and modern thinkers suppose that ethical behavior promotes happiness and some conclude that moral decisions are to be based on effects on the happiness of those affected by actions. Others suppose that an ethical life is the best life for human beings, thus providing them with a basis for happiness. Others think we can provide no philosophical connection between ethics and happiness. This dispute began among the ancient Greeks and continues into the present day. 

Biographical Notes:

Janet Sisson has been the President of the Apeiron Society since 2011. She has been studying philosophy for over 50 years and has two degrees from the University of Oxford. Her interest in philosophy arises from an interest in questions that have exercised humans for millennia, especially the relations between methods of inquiry in various fields. Her more recent Ph.D. from the University of Calgary investigated ethical inquiry and mathematical discussion in Plato. She has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Leicester, Glasgow, Kansas, Alberta, Calgary and Mount Royal University. She now teaches occasional classes in Philosophy for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Calgary.