Program Details

The Philosophy of Life

Sophia Stone
Arts & Letters / History

Course Description

What makes life meaningful? West and East seem to have different approaches to life. For Socrates, life was not worth living without philosophy. Before Lao Tzu left the city, he wrote down everything he knew and thus the Tao Te Ching, The Book of the Way, was created. From Socrates we have dialectical argument and disagreement. From Lao Tzu we have harmony, acceptance and mindfulness - non-judgment awareness. Which way of life is best? Learn about different philosophical approaches to life from Buddhism, Taoism and the ancient Greeks. Come prepared to engage with others, to think for yourself, and to share, question, and validate for yourself your own philosophy of life. The program will be a combination of lecture, small group and large group discussions. Participants will leave with a better understand of the historical background of Socrates's trial, Plato's philosophical interpretation of his defense, and the essence of Socrates's way of life. Participants will learn the Four Noble Truths from Buddhism and how they apply to the attainment of enlightenment. Then participants will understand the basic approach to life from Lao Tzu and to compare and contrast his way of life to Socrates's way of life. Finally, participants will analyze, evaluate and discuss their own way of life and critically assess the approaches from Socrates, Buddha and Lao Tzu as to whether these approaches conflict or support their own philosophy. 

About the Instructor

  • Sophia Stone, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Lynn University, who teaches interdisciplinary courses in philosophy and religion. Her research examines Plato’s dialogues through the development of Greek mathematics during the 5th and 4th centuries BCE. While her love and passion is Greek philosophy, she studies philosophy from both the East and the West. Stone thrives on good conversations and cultivates an engaging and welcoming environment when she speaks. Stone earned her BA in philosophy at UC Berkeley and her MA in philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. She completed her PhD in philosophy with an emphasis in philosophy and literature.

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