Discovering the Good Life: A Philosophy Workshop for Teens

Students grades 9 -12 are invited to a half-day philosophy workshop on May 13 led by students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The theme of the workshop is "Discovering the Good Life." Students will spend some time investigating the good life through the lens of metaphysics (What is the nature of the good life?), epistemology (How do we know what the good life is?), aesthetics (How do we appreciate the good life?), ethics (How should we share the good life with others?), and philosophy of education (What role does school play in the good life?) before joining a whole group discussion on the subject with parents and guardians. 

The workshop will run from 9:00 - 12:00. Parents and guardians are invited to return at 11:00 for the whole group discussion. 

Aaron Yarmel philosopher

Aaron Yarmel is a PhD student at UW-Madison where he works on applied ethics and philosophy of science. His current research interests concern the ethics of revolution and resistance, utilitarian social welfare functions, and musical understanding. He also holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BM from the Eastman School of Music. 

Brett Bertucio University of Wisconsin Madison School of Education

Brett Bertucio is a Ph.D. student in the School of Education at UW-Madison.  He works in the areas of history and philosophy of education and researches the role of religious communities in democratic education.  Brett is a former high school and middle school teacher and is excited to accompany students as they ask foundational questions about education.

Tanner Bowen Wisconsin philosopher

Tanner Bowen is a fourth-year student studying philosophy and neuroscience. When he's not thinking about those things he's usually either writing or listening to music... and even then he's usually thinking about philosophy and neuroscience. He enjoys discussing and teaching philosophy with his younger brothers and sister and hopes to extend that same enthusiasm and energy for thought and creativity to the world. 

Johanna Dolle philosopher

Johanna Dolle has a master's degree in Public Affairs and an undergraduate degree in economics. She enjoys thinking about the welfare consequences of social programs and figuring out how to measure them. Her primary interests are in education and healthcare policy. 


Emily Hamer journalist

Emily Hamer is a junior studying journalism and philosophy. She has experience in Journalism working as the State News Associate Editor and Print News Editor at The Badger Herald newspaper. Though she most likely sees herself having a career in journalism, she is incredibly interested in philosophy. She's excited for the opportunity to share her passion for philosophy with the community. 

Dorothy Wu philosopher

Dorothy Wu is a Junior studying philosophy, psychology, and sociology. She will enroll in a sociology doctoral program after graduating from UW-Madison. Dorothy's research interests are inter-ethnic relationships, cultural sociology, and ethics. She will be the president of the philosophy club at UW-Madison for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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