The Good Life

The Good Life

Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko, Notre Dame philosophy professors and co-authors of the newly released book The Good Life Method, invite you to join a thoughtful, timely conversation about approaching the new year through the timeless lens of philosophy as self-care.

Meet the Moderator: Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook was a student in Meghan’s 11am section of God and the Good Life during his first semester of freshman year during the fall of 2017.  Inspired by his energetic discussion leaders and the mission of the course, he applied to be a GGL Fellow for the following spring semester.  He held that role for the next 7 semesters, leading 8pm dialogue sessions every Tuesday night until he graduated.  In the summer of 2020, he also worked for Paul as a research assistant on the Mellon Grant which helped benchmark pedagogical techniques and design digitally integrated curriculum at other universities.  Ryan graduated last May in 2021 and currently works in Cybersecurity Consulting at EY.

Meet the Faculty: Paul Blaschko

Paul Blaschko is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Philosophy Department. He is a philosopher and his primary areas of interest are epistemology and action theory. His research focuses on the nature and normative dimensions of deliberative belief formation, but he’s also interested in theories of practical reason and value, the philosophy of religion, and medieval philosophy. Paul is committed to making philosophy publicly accessible and relevant, and in his teaching he emphasizes innovative course design, practical relevance, intellectual formation, and classroom transparency. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in January of 2019. His favorite philosopher is Elizabeth Anscombe.

Meet the Faculty: Meghan Sullivan

Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family Collegiate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and serves as Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Sullivan’s research focuses on philosophical problems concerning time, modality, rational planning, value theory, and religious belief (and sometimes all five at once). Sullivan is deeply interested in the ways philosophy contributes to the good life and the best methods for promoting philosophical thought. Since 2017, Sullivan and the God and the Good Life team at ND have raised over $1.3M to support projects for research, teaching, and digital outreach in publicly engaged philosophy.  Sullivan is the Principal Investigator for the Mellon Foundation’s Philosophy as a Way of Life grant (2018-2021).  She is writing a monograph on the role love plays in grounding moral, political and religious reasoning, tentatively entitled Agapism: Moral Responsibility and Our Inner Lives. Her first book, Time Biases (2018), develops a theory of diachronic rationality, personal identity and reason-based planning.

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Friday, January 28, 2022 12:00 pm

How can you live “The Good Life” in 2022?

Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko, Notre Dame philosophy professors and co-authors of the newly released book The Good Life Method, invite you to join a thoughtful, timely conversation about approaching the new year through the timeless lens of philosophy as self-care. An hour-long fireside chat with Professors Sullivan and Blaschko is scheduled for Friday, January 28, at noon ET, where we will share ways to shift our mindsets and think critically about the future as we dive headfirst into the promise of a new year. 

Sullivan and Blaschko, who collaborate on Notre Dame’s acclaimed God and the Good Life program, will lead participants through topics such as:

  • How relationships with friends, family, and coworkers factor into how we want to live a good life;
  • How to approach work and deal with burnout;
  • How to make time for ourselves in 2022.

The discussion will provide an opportunity for reflection, and Sullivan and Blaschko will host a question and answer session after the presentation. 

Read more about the release of the book The Good Life Method here.

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Listen in as Meghan and Paul share 5 key insights from their new book, The Good Life Method: Reasoning Through the Big Questions of Happiness, Faith, and Meaning in this recording from The Next Big Idea Club.

Read along as Professors Meghan Sullivan and Paul Blaschko talk to Shondaland about their new book and how philosophy has always been an essential part of our lives — we just didn’t realize it.

Ch. 1 – Desire the Truth

Ch. 2 – Live Generously

Ch. 3 – Take Responsibility

Ch. 4 – Work with Integrity

Ch. 5 – Love Attentively

  • Make Friends: Aristotle – An interactive introduction to Aristotle’s thoughts on friendship
  • 36 Questions for Increasing Closeness – To feel more connected, skip the small talk and ask these questions instead.
  • “Is it okay to use your friends?” – A 5-minute explainer video by Paul Blaschko on Aristotle’s 3-fold distinction on friendship (see below)

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