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Lec 23 - Social Structures

"Lec 23 - Social Structures"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 understanding the disagreement between Rawls and Nozick as one over what states ought to do given the phenomena of moral luck. She then turns to a discussion of how social and cultural structures influence both our characters and our perception of the world. She begins by discussing ways in which this theme plays a role in the work of Aristotle and John Stuart Mill. She then discusses recent empirical work on this question, including a body of anthropological and psychological literature that suggests that individuals raised in societies that are Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic have highly atypical responses in a wide range of cases. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Reading Rawls and Nozick through the Lens of Moral Luck 19:15 - Chapter 2. Structuring Society to Structure Character 24:13 - Chapter 3. The Psychology of WEIRD Subjects 32:34 - Chapter 4. How Experience Affects Perception 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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