2021 Utah Lyceum

A Philosophy Summer Camp for High-School Students

Theme: "Happiness and the Good Life." | Date: June 14-18 (Virtually on Zoom)

For the 2021 Utah Lyceum summer camp we provided students an overview of philosophy, reasoning, and argumentation through a discussion of the nature of happiness, a good life, and how those ideas fit together. Students from across the country joined us on Zoom to learn from SUU Professors Ellefson and Phillips, and SUU philosophy students Amanda Clarke and Kimberly Knowlton. Together we introduced the core areas of philosophy including the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and more. 

All participants received these books to help build their philosophical library:

Happy Lives, Good Lives 

Theories of Happiness

Here is the schedule of readings, activities, and participant presentations.

2021 Lyceum Schedule

Monday
6/14

Tuesday
6/15

Wednesday
6/16
Thursday 
6/17
Friday
6/18
10:00-10:45
What is Philosophy? Formal Logic
Hurley 1.4
Soundness
Formal Logic
Hurley 1.4
Cogency
Formal Logic
Hurley 1.5
Counter-Example Method
The Good Life: The Game
10:55-11:40

Formal Logic
Hurley 1.4
Validity

Happiness as Pleasure:
J.S. Mill
Happiness as Desire Satisfaction: Tiberius & Hall

Happiness as Eudaimonia:
Plato

Participant Presentations
11:40-12:30
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:20-1:05
Participant Research Questions Happiness as Pleasure
Part 2

Happiness as Desire Satisfaction
Part 2

Happiness as Eudaimonia 
Part 2
Participant Presentations
1:15-2:00
Informal Logic
Hurley 3.1 & 3.2
Informal Logic
Hurley 3.3

Informal Logic
Hurley 3.4

Informal Logic
Hurley 3.5
Concluding Remarks