Philosophy of HappinessSummer Course

Philosophy of Happiness
Summer Study Tour
French Riviera
Major Discipline(s)
Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies
Location: Copenhagen
Session 3

From cradle to grave, we all encounter trials and opportunities for growth. But do we seize upon these openings to evaluate life at its core? Through the lens of Danish and French philosophy and literature, this course examines the pressing, age-old question of human existence: “What is a happy life?” Dispelling the illusion that “happiness” is self-evident, in this course, we engage thinkers, writers, and works of art that prioritize questions about how we ought to live, and how to promote a truly happy existence for ourselves and others.


Nan Gerdes

DIS Summer Faculty

Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen, 2017). Postdoc (w. diploma in educational theory and practice) and lecturer, University of Copenhagen, 2010-2018. Research stay at UC Berkeley, 2011-2012. Emphasis in research on relations – past and present – between literature, philosophy, politics, gender, and the making of identity and community. With DIS since 2018.