Five Ancient Secrets to Modern Happiness

At the Yale Presidential Inauguration Symposia on October 12th 2013, Tamar Gendler, Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Psychology and Chair of Philosophy at Yale University, presented a lecture entitled, “Five Ancient Secrets to Modern Happiness”. 

What are the secrets to authentic happiness? What sorts of activities and experiences contribute to human flourishing? Tying together cutting-edge 

work in contemporary psychology and neuroscience with the profound writings of ancient philosophers, Professor Gendler will focus on the insights of five major Greek and Roman thinkers: Socrates on self-knowledge, Plato on self-harmony, Aristotle on habit, Cicero on friendship  and Epictetus on self-reliance.