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Philosophy and Science of Human Nature

By Tamar Gendler

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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.

Customer Reviews

Loved these lectures

I’ve already listened to these lectures twice. Fascinating material and well taught. I learned so much.

Edifying as well as fascinating

Everytime I listen to another lecture I find myself disposed to act on my better judgement for the rest of the day. The material is so engaging and grounded in logic that the effect is much stronger than going to Church. It is great how many connections are made between philosophy and psychology. Sometimes it is a bit tedious when points are repeated multiple times, but maybe that helps with the overall didactic effect. Also very humourous and nice slides.

interesting course marred by frequent audio problems and missing/duplicated lectures

Tamar Gendler is a great lecturer, but the audio files for this course have been sloppily handled. The audio for Lecture 1 skips and has parts of Lecture 2 spliced into it by mistake. More than once a lecture is missing because of accidental duplication of files. The audio files for Lectures 8 and 9 are exactly the same, and I know they are not supposed to be because as a result references in later lectures back to Epictetus and Boethius are confusing. The files for Lectures 13 and 14 are also exactly the same, so that the difference between utilitarianism and deontology isn't fully explained. I haven't finished listening yet, so there may be more such problems.