Dr. Stephen Laumakis to Speak on ‘Value of External Goods in Pursuing Happiness’

Dr. Stephen Laumakis, professor in the Philosophy Department, will speak at this month’s Philosophy Colloquium on Tuesday, Nov. 15. He will present his paper, “The Value of External Goods in the Pursuit of ‘Happiness’ and Human Flourishing.”

Dr. Stephen Laumakis

Dr. Stephen Laumakis

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 126, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts. Everyone is welcome.

Laumakis’ paper offers a comparative evaluation of the value of external goods in the pursuit of "happiness" and human flourishing in three major philosophical traditions.

The foci of comparison are the philosophical and theological views of an Aristotelian and Thomistic approach, and a broadly Buddhist conception of the value of external goods and their roles in the pursuit of human flourishing and the good human life.