The Pursuit of Happiness According to Ancient Philosophy

The study of philosophy helps us manage with times of uncertainty like these. It gives us invaluable clarity and advice. Ancient civilisations like the Chinese and Greek have produced some of the most well-known philosophers in history, including Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, and Laozi. 

Greek philosophy has been largely focused on the logical, scientific, and individual, while Chinese philosophy in comparison, is seen as political, technical, and collective. Yet, both have overlapping ideas about ways in cultivating a good life. Together, their ideas share the wisdom we need in life. 

Two guests joined Drive to offer input on their differences and similarities – on Greek philosophy: Professor Rick Benitez from the Department of Philosophy and Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney. For Chinese philosophy: Associate Professor Karyn Lai from the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales.

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