University of Notre Dame

Introduction to Philosophy: God and the Good Life

Course Number: PHIL 10111

Should you practice a religion?
What do you owe other people?
What would it take for your life to be meaningful?
And how should you decide what to believe when it comes to big questions like these?

In God and the Good Life, we’re searching for answers. We’ll read the best philosophical arguments addressing these questions. We’ll share our reactions to the proposals in blogs and social media editorials. We’ll come together as a large group to debate real world case studies that bear on these questions, hearing periodically from guest speakers making headlines in current debates about religion, morality and meaning. And we’ll meet in small Sustained Dialogue groups to discuss our religious and moral identities and develop virtuous friendships (to borrow Aristotle’s terminology). If you are excited about developing philosophical skills in an intense, creative community format—-this is the course for you. This course fulfills the first philosophy requirement. Learn more about GGL at our course website: Or watch our course trailer: