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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

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.

The audio is screwed up

Listening to the first lecture now. The audio keeps skipping around. I'm hoping this doesn't continue, as this seems pretty good.

On lecture 1

The audio skips causing an unpleasant feeling. Please Yale (or iTunes) fix this issue.