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Description

This course is an examination of philosophical theories of action and motivation in the light of empirical findings from social psychology, sociology, and neuroscience.

Topics include belief, desire, and moral motivation; sympathy and empathy; intentions and other committing states; strength of will and weakness of will; free will; addiction and compulsion; guilt, shame and regret; evil; self-knowledge and self-deception; and, virtues and character traits.

Course Curriculum

    • Egoism Unlimited
    • Egoism: empirical and quasi-empirical issues Unlimited
    • Belief/desire psychology and the Humean theory of motivation Unlimited
    • Bratman on intention Unlimited
    • Velleman on intention Unlimited
    • Akrasia Unlimited
    • Akrasia and desire Unlimited
    • Strength of will: descriptive issues Unlimited
    • Strength of will: normative issues Unlimited
    • Addiction I Unlimited
    • Addiction II Unlimited
    • Free will I Unlimited
    • Free will II Unlimited
    • Free will IV: libertarianism Unlimited
    • Free will III: Strawson Unlimited
    • Free will VI: empirical work Unlimited
    • Free will V: choice Unlimited
    • Identification Unlimited
    • Self-determination theory Unlimited
    • Self-deception Unlimited
    • The metaethical implications of empirical work Unlimited
    • Moral judgment and motivation Unlimited
    • Autism and sociopathy Unlimited
    • Moral luck and the Knobe effect Unlimited
    • Virtue and character Unlimited

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