To be fulfilled we must put in effort, to be virtuous we must exercise discipline and self control, to achieve professional successes we must apply work ethic. No matter how we spin it, a life well-lived requires work.
‘The course examines Aristotle’s classic account of a virtuous
character and compares it to Homer. The budding philosophers will then
debate arguments for and against whether they consider Homer virtuous.
Homer is a very complex character in many ways,“ Dr Donaldson said.
very gluttonous, he can be quite violent and self-interested. But at
the same time he’s a character that’s hard not to like.
"He’s very popular. He has a childlike joy of life, he’s open to doing the right thing and he’s a faithful family man.”
Donaldson, who is a long-term fan of the show, said the cartoon had a
rich seam of moments for a philosopher to plunder, with many episodes
having a moral and a moment of realisation.
“I like the Simpsons
because it’s a great work of art. It’s a cartoon of a great tapestry.
There’s so much going on in it,” he said.
“A boy without mischief is like a bowling ball without a liquid centre.”
“Marriage is like a coffin and each kid is another nail.”
“Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.”
“When will I learn? The answer to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle, they’re on TV!”
“Oh, Marge, cartoons don’t have any deep meaning. They’re just stupid drawings that give you a cheap laugh.”