Plutarch's Table

November Salon Tickets | October 16, 2010


Tickets are selling fast for our November 20th event.  The salon will be held in a private downtown Toronto home, with delicious appetizers and dinner by Victoria’s Kitchen (7-10pm).  Contact us to reserve a spot.


Happiness, while it may look different for each of us, is the one thing that we all seem to want.  But is the pursuit of a subjective emotional state really the best goal for a life?  Our culture’s current obsession with all things happy would seem to suggest that it is, but there is also good reason to believe that the pursuit of happiness may be fundamentally harmful, not to mention disappointing.  Join philosopher Joanna Polley for a discussion on just what happiness is and why we might want to explore its alternatives.

“A people who conceive life to be the pursuit of happiness must be chronically unhappy” – Marshall Sallins

Tickets are $50 and guests bring their own wine.


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About author

My name is Joanna Polley. I am a writer and a philosopher experimenting with ways of practicing and teaching philosophy outside of the university environment. I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto and have taught for several years in the departments of philosophy and literary studies, and am currently exploring ways to bring philosophy out of the ivory tower and into the wider public sphere. My specific research interests have been in the history of philosophy, philosophy of language and culture and the philosophy of literature, but I am interested in any philosophy that helps illuminate contemporary problems and deepens our experience of being alive. You can also visit me at for information about my philosophical therapy services.







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