Choose Wisely

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 7.37.30 PMMy new course Choose Wisely is now available. I decided to design this course following expressed interest amongst students registered for my course Fight Conformity and Claim Your Autonomy (previously Four Ethics for Life – It seems after taking that course – which expounds four of the most prominent moral philosophical outlooks (Utilitarianism, Kantianism, Ethical Egoism and Virtue Ethics) – students wanted to know what to do with all that knowledge. So, they’d say, “Okay so now I know the Kantian perspective, but is that all there is to it? Do I simply apply the Categorical Imperative?” My answer was usually something like “Exposure to the underpinnings of these moral outlooks is only the start. What you really want to know is how you can acquire practical wisdom, so that you can rely on your faculties and moral sensibilities to respond to the challenges of life in a way that doesn’t compromise your sense of self, but compliments it”. A long winded answer for most, but really what is it that we want? We want to be able to make wise decisions, namely decisions that will make our lives and the lives of those around us fulfilling and meaningful. This is not something that just happens over night. It is also not something that you can simply be taught. Instruction in matters of practical wisdom is a life time affair that as much requires experience and exposure as it does contemplative discourse. Choose Wisely invites students to this contemplative discourse. Click here


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