PHIL 181 - Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature

Open Yale Courses - PHIL 181: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (Spring 2011). 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.
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Introduction


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

References
PHIL 181: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature
Professor Tamar Gendler. Class Sessions. Downloads. Syllabus. Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature pairs central texts from Western philosophical tradition with recent findings in cognitive science and related fields.