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Zephyr Philosophy Camp 2023 - Ethics and Happiness

A week-long philosophy summer day camp for rising junior and senior high school students and incoming college freshmen with Dr. Molly Oshatz.

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Zephyr Philosophy Camp 2023 - Ethics and Happiness
Zephyr Philosophy Camp 2023 - Ethics and Happiness

Time & Location

Jul 17, 2023, 10:00 AM PDT – Jul 21, 2023, 2:00 PM PDT

Stanford University

About the Event


At this summer’s camp we will ask the most basic of questions: What ought we to do, and what will make us happy? We will read short texts in various branches of ethics, including utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics, and apply these ethical theories to specific ethical issues, including the ethics of war, global economic justice, and human enhancement. We'll also consider what understanding of ourselves and our purpose each theory implies. We’ll conclude with a discussion and debate about ethics and happiness. What is happiness, and does doing what is good and right make us happy? Join Zephyr Philosophy Camp and become wiser and happier this summer.

Time & Location Monday - Friday, July 17 - 21, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT daily Venue in Stanford University to be shared with registrants


This is an in-person day camp. No lodging will be provided. No virtual option.


No prior exposure to the study of philosophy is necessary, just the willingness to read the assigned texts, to learn from Dr. Oshatz and guest speaker/s, and to dialogue with peers. Rising juniors and seniors in high school and rising freshmen in college are all eligible to participate.

Deadline of Registration

April 30, 2023 or until all spaces are filled. Limited space available.


  • Regular ZP camp fee is $450. 
  • The camp fee covers course materials and lunch for the duration of the camp.
  • There is a 20% discount for signups and full payments before March 31, 2023 (use code: EARLY20).
  • An additional 20% discount is reserved for Zephyr Philosophy Club members (code to be shared to ZPC members).
  • Methods of Payment: Credit Card, PayPal, Check/Offline.
  • Fees are refundable until June 1, 2023
  • Note: If fewer than 6 students are registered for this camp by July 1, 2023, this camp will be canceled and fees will be refunded.

Reading List

Some readings may be mailed to campers by May 31. Electronic readers will be available for some readings.

Dates to remember

November 14, 2022 - Application opens

March 31, 2023 - Last day of early registration

April 30, 2023 - Last day of registration

May 31, 2023 - Last day of mailing readings/books

June 1, 2023 - Last day of refunds

July 17-21, 2023 - Camp

For Parents

We may take pictures or film onsite for marketing/documentation purposes. By registering, you grant permission to Zephyr Institute to do this during the summer camp.

*For late registrations, please email and Thank you.

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