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PHIL 181: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (Spring 2011, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Tamar Gendler.

Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature pairs central texts from Western philosophical tradition (including works by Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Rawls, and Nozick) with recent findings in cognitive science and related fields. The course is structured around three intertwined sets of topics: Happiness and Flourishing; Morality and Justice; and Political Legitimacy and Social Structures. (from oyc.yale.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Introduction Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – The Ring of Gyges: Morality and Hypocrisy Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Parts of the Soul I Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Parts of the Soul II Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – The Well-Ordered Soul: Happiness and Harmony Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – The Disordered Soul: Themis and PTSD Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Flourishing and Attachment Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Flourishing and Detachment Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Virtue and Habit I Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Virtue and Habit II Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Weakness of the Will and Procrastination Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Utilitarianism and its Critiques Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Deontology Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – The Trolley Problem Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Empirically-informed Responses Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Philosophical Puzzles Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Punishment I Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Punishment II Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Contract & Commonwealth: Thomas Hobbes Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – The Prisoner’s Dilemma Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Equality Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Equality II Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Social Structures Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Censorship Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Tying up Loose Ends Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Concluding Lecture Unlimited

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