The Art of Living: A Free Stanford Course Explores Timeless Questions

What is a liberal education? And how can it help you live a more authentic and purposeful life? They are timely and timeless questions that get answered by The Art of Living, a team-taught course presented to Stanford freshmen. The first lecture (above) addresses these questions head on. And the remainder of the course (17 videos) puts the initial thinking into practice, using great works of literature and philosophy to explore what it means to live a well-lived life. Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Toni Morrison all guide the way. Taught by Lanier AndersonKenneth Taylor and Joshua Landy, the Stanford course puts you in a position to address “fundamental and enduring questions about what it means to be human.” Whether you work in business, science or the arts, you will get something big out of the class.

You can find The Art of Living in its entirety here. Or find the course listed in the Philosophy Section of our collection of 750 Free Courses Online.



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  1. Emily Hatstat says . . . | February 7, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Wow, that was incredibly gratifying!

  2. Emily Hatstat says . . . | February 7, 2012 / 8:09 pm

    Woops — that comment was meant for the Koyaanisqatsi video (below)! But I suspect it will be valid here as well :)

  3. Katya says . . . | March 25, 2012 / 11:20 am

    Is there a syllabus for this class listed online? I couldn’t find anything.

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