PHIL 181 - Lecture 1 - Introduction

Lecture 1 - Introduction

Overview

Professor Gendler explains the interdisciplinary nature of the course: work from philosophy, psychology, behavioral economics, and literature will be brought to bear on the topic of human nature. The three main topics of the course are introduced--happiness and flourishing, morality, and political philosophy--and examples of some of the course’s future topics are discussed.

Resources

Assignment

Ariely, Predictably Irrational, “The Problem of Procrastination and Self-Control,” Ch. 6 (pp. 109-126)

Gendler, The Elements of Philosophy, Blackburn's “What is Philosophy?” (pp. 1-5)

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

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