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PhilosophyCenter Students around the world are discovering the power and joy of practical philosophy, and so can you! The Good Life, written by our founder and director, Philip Golabuk, presents a simple, five-point program for living well in six illuminating lessons that many students have described as life-changing. Drawing from the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, The Good Life presents a comprehensive program for "human flourishing" that can be applied readily in any situation.

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PhilosophyCenter | Introduction   "Have you ever wondered why some days everything goes your way, while others seem set up to defeat you at every turn? Philosophers and poets have been trying to tell us why since the human race began pondering its existence and writing down its best ideas—which arguably nobody did better than the ancient Greeks. They could tell you why in two words: "the gods." In modern terms, the Greek view becomes a philosophic model for living well—a "mythos"— with "the gods" referring to the unpredictable, chaotic forces operating in every situation. Forces beyond our control. Happy coincidences. Reversals of fortune. Unexpected results. Sucker punches. Twist endings. The things no one can see coming. All of which is far more important than we may realize. Because how we conduct ourselves in relation to these forces is what determines our fate."
PhilosophyCenter | Syllabus   Introduction

Week | 1 Theory
The Five Pillars
It's Greek to Me
In the Hands of Fate
Going on Three Legs
Creative Chaos
Free Will

Week 2 | Truthfulness
Truthfulness: The Master Principle
Truthfulness and Excellence: Beyond Science
The Daimon: Heeding the
Inner Voice
Truthfulness, Goodness,
and Beauty
Truthfulness in Practice
Exercise: Letting the Truth Speak

Week 3 | Showing Up
Showing Up: Living in Living Color
Agreeing to Be
Showing Up in the Truth
An Element of Paradox
Self-Respect vs. Self-Assertion
Exercise: The Schedule
of the Gods

Week 4 | Innocence
Innocence: Remembering the Gods
Innocence and Wonder
The Wisdom of Socrates
Forgetfulness and Recollection
Knowledge and Discernment
The Tyranny of Conclusions
Exercise: Recollecting Innocence

Week 5 | Diligence
Diligence: Truthfulness in Action
The Two Sides of Diligence
Doing What is Ours to Do
Not Doing What isn't Ours
to Do
The Principle of Reverse Effect
Discerning the Difference
Exercise: The Red Balloon

Week 6 | Dialogue
Dialogue: The Examined Life
The Dialectic and Disillusionment
Socratic Elenchus: The Method
The Epoché
How the Truth Reveals Us
In Dialogue with the World
Exercise: On Being Transparent

In Closing

PhilosophyCenter | Study Guide Pages   PhilosophyCenter | Core Study: The Well-Ordered Soul
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