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Lec 1- Introduction to Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature

"Lec 1- Introduction"Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (PHIL 181) 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. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction and Course Overview 11:30 - Chapter 2. First Example of Course Topics: the Ring of Gyges 16:29 - Chapter 3. Second Example of Course Topics: Trolley problems 23:07 - Chapter 4. Third Example of Course Topics: Procrastination 29:45 - Chapter 5. What Is Distinctive about This Course Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://oyc.yale.edu This course was recorded in Spring 2011.

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