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Ross M. Lence Dialogues

2020 Ross M. Lence Dialogues

Reasonable Foundations for Happiness

Small group conversations introduced by

Dr. Dustin Gish

Professor of Political Philosophy, The Honors College

 Saturday, October 17, 2020

5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom 

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In her novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen examines the dynamics of the human soul. Her novel demonstrates that our judgment of others, if it is to be just, must be preceded by an individual quest for self-knowledge. But, under the right conditions, we need not travel that path in solitude. The task of self-reflection and overcoming the problem of self-deception are essential to living a good life and to establishing reasonable foundations for happiness.

As a member of the Honors College faculty at the University of Houston (since 2014), Dr. Gish teaches courses in political theory, as well as the College's signature Great Books seminar, The Human Situation. His most recent book (co-authored) is Thomas Jefferson and the Science of Republican Government (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Read more about Dr. Ross M. Lence here.


Learning that Lasts a Lifetime

The Honors College has set a goal of creating a $500,000 endowment to fund this program. To date, we are more than halfway toward our goal, thanks to an anonymous donor. Please contact Stacey Michael at if you would like further information.