The Utilitarian Pursuit of Happiness

					                                                       The Utilitarian
                                                         Pursuit of
                                                        Happiness
                                                           By: Christopher Barker


                                                           Wednesday, May 27, 2009
                                                              Noon-1 p.m.
    Christopher Barker teaches
    political science at CSUSB. He                              PL-4005
    has presented papers at several
    political science and
    interdisciplinary studies                            Jeremy Bentham, the founder of the utilitarian school of
    conferences. He is currently                       ethics, famously claimed that the parlor game of push-pin is
    researching the political thought                     of equal value with the arts and sciences of music and
    of John Stuart Mill.                                poetry. Please join us as we delve into John Stuart Mill’s
                                                          attempt to combine a utilitarian ethics, grounded in the
                                                        pursuit of pleasure, with romantic accounts of agency and
                                                       responsibility. In the process, we will try to provide further
The lecture is free and open to all students, staff,      reflection on what the “pursuit of happiness” means to
employees and the community.                                            America in the present day.
If you have ideas for future lectures or would
like to know more about upcoming events,
please e-mail Iwona Contreras at
icontrer@csusb.edu or call (909) 537-3447.

				
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