What Good is Happiness? A Dialogue Between Economics & Philosophy

Feb 12, 2020
Ida Noyes, Third Floor Theatre
1212 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Presented by the Veritas Forum at the University of Chicago, Cana, Cru, Graduate Christian Fellowship, Holy Trinity Church, InterVarsity, Living Hope Church, The Lumen Christi Institute, MakeNew, the Calvert House Catholic Center, the Catholic Students Association, and the Saint Thomas More Society.

From pop psychology to legal annals, the pursuit of happiness individually and collectively remains a persistent concern of our culture. Yet, the very concept is fractured. What is happiness? Is it a good among many? A feeling? A commodity? Is it simply a matter of preference fulfillment or is caught up in the more arduous task of self-perfection and virtue? Is it tied to the good, perhaps even THE good? How might interdisciplinary engagement be possible when distinct disciplines like Philosophy and Economics maintain such divergent views on happiness? In this evening discussion, philosophy professor Jennifer Frey (University of South Carolina) and legal scholar Jonathan Masur (University of Chicago) enter into dialogue on the meaning and merits of happiness for the self and for society.

Prof. Frey also gave a downtown luncheon talk on "Flannery O'Connor and the Vision of Grace" on February 13, 2020, and led a lunch discussion for students and faculty on novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch, on February 14, 2020.