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  • 42:51 1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler explains the interdisciplinary nature of the course: work from philosophy, psychology...

  • 47:15 Popular 20. The Prisoner's Dilemma

    20. The Prisoner's Dilemma

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Two game theoretical problems--the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Problem of the Commons--are explored in d...

  • 44:39 Popular 10. Virtue And Habit II

    10. Virtue And Habit II

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Although we become virtuous by acting as the virtuous person does, a close reading of Aristotle's text ...

  • 47:19 12. Utilitarianism And Its Critiques

    12. Utilitarianism And Its Critiques

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with a general introduction to moral theories--what are they and what question...

  • 49:18 23. Social Structures

    23. Social Structures

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins by recapping the topic of state legitimacy and then offers a way of understand...

  • 42:30 2. The Ring Of Gyges: Morality And Hypocrisy

    2. The Ring Of Gyges: Morality And Hypocrisy

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) After introducing Plato's Republic, Professor Gendler turns to the discussion of Glaucon's challenge in...

  • 45:43 Popular 22. Equality II

    22. Equality II

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Robert Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia is presented as a counterpoint to Rawls' A Theory of Justice...

  • 45:00 Popular 11. Weakness Of The Will And Procrastination

    11. Weakness Of The Will And Procrastination

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with a review of the situationist critique of virtue ethics,which claims that ...

  • 37:46 Popular 7. Flourishing And Attachment

    7. Flourishing And Attachment

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) The discussion of the disordered soul continues with a reflection on the Stanley Milgram's famous studi...

  • 44:15 25. Tying Up Loose Ends

    25. Tying Up Loose Ends

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with brief introductory remarks about the course's methodology, explaining the...

  • 45:05 3. Parts Of The Soul I

    3. Parts Of The Soul I

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler reviews four instances of intrapersonal divisions that have appeared in philosophy, l...

  • 45:22 24. Censorship

    24. Censorship

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler explores some aspects of the question of what sorts of non-rational persuasion are le...

  • 49:39 Popular 15. Empirically-informed Responses

    15. Empirically-informed Responses

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) The Trolley Problem, as discussed in the last lecture, is the problem of reconciling an apparent incons...

  • 47:29 Popular 16. Philosophical Puzzles

    16. Philosophical Puzzles

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) In the first part of the lecture, Professor Gendler finishes up the discussion of non-standard response...

  • 46:28 Popular 19. Contract&Commonwealth: Thomas Hobbes

    19. Contract&Commonwealth: Thomas Hobbes

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) In the opening part of the lecture, Professor Gendler concludes her discussion of punishment by explori...

  • 45:05 4. Parts Of The Soul II

    4. Parts Of The Soul II

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with a demonstration of sampling bias and a discussion of the problems it rais...

  • 48:35 14. The Trolley Problem

    14. The Trolley Problem

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) The discussion of Kant from last lecture continues with a statement and explication of his first formul...

  • 40:10 9. Virtue And Habit I

    9. Virtue And Habit I

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) We become virtuous by acting as if we are virtuous. This central insight of Aristotle is explored in th...

  • 43:29 Popular 8. Flourishing And Detachment

    8. Flourishing And Detachment

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with a discussion of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, who argued that once we ...

  • 46:13 Popular 13. Deontology

    13. Deontology

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler opens with a final criticism of Utilitarianism from Bernard Williams: in some cases, ...

  • 43:58 Popular 6. The Disordered Soul: Thémis And PTSD

    6. The Disordered Soul: Thémis And PTSD

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler introduces Aristotle's conception of virtue as a structuring one's life so that one's...

  • 44:38 Popular 17. Punishment I

    17. Punishment I

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with a discussion of differing responses to hypothetical and actual examples, ...

  • 45:53 21. Equality

    21. Equality

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) The discussion of the legitimacy of government is continued with an introduction to a major 20th centur...

  • 44:26 5. The Well-Ordered Soul: Happiness And Harmony

    5. The Well-Ordered Soul: Happiness And Harmony

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    Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) Professor Gendler begins with a poll of the class about whether students have elected to take a volunta...

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