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November 2017 - April 2018
Zephyr Institute

Aristotle and the Purpose of Life

A reading group on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, led by Landon Hobbs (Stanford)
Aristotle and the Purpose of Life

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November 2017 - April 2018
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA


For over two thousand years, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics has remained the starting point for all discussions of morality. In this reading group led by Landon Hobbs (Stanford), participants explored Aristotle's understanding of the fulfilled human life and its relation to virtue, friendship, pleasure, contemplation and more. Participants discussed how these considerations apply to emerging cultural, technological and social trends.

This reading group met from 7:45–9:30 p.m. on the following Wednesday evenings:

11/29: Book 1

12/06: Book 2

01/10: Book 3

01/24: Book 4

02/07: Book 5

02/21: Book 6

03/07: Book 7

03/21: Book 7, ch. 11-14 and Book 10, ch. 1-5

04/04: Book 9

04/18: Book 10, ch. 6-9

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Fifth-Year Ph.D Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

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