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Lecture 16 - Philosophical Puzzles
In the first part of the lecture, Professor Gendler finishes up the discussion of non-standard responses to the Trolley Problem by presenting Cass Sunstein’s proposed...


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Lecture 26 - Concluding Lecture
In this concluding lecture, Professor Gendler charts four paths through the course. The first path traces how the course’s three main goals were realized: the goals of...


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Lecture 19 - Contract & Commonwealth: Thomas Hobbes
In the opening part of the lecture, Professor Gendler concludes her discussion of punishment by exploring how Alan Kazdin’s research on effective parenting provides...


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From Complex Science to Contentious Policy: Lessons from Global...


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Lecture 14 - The Trolley Problem
The discussion of Kant from last lecture continues with a statement and explication of his first formulation of the categorical imperative: act only in such a way that you...


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Evolution: From the Fossil Record to Genomic Revolution / Probing...


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Lecture 8 - Flourishing and Detachment
Professor Gendler begins with a discussion of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, who argued that once we recognize that some things are up to us and other things are not up...


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CrackBerrys: Exploring the Social Implications of Wireless Email...
Fast-moving managers are finding that their most cherished high-tech gadget may actually be their worst enemy. JoAnne Yates reviews recent research into the evolving,...


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Lecture 23 - Social Structures
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...


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Lecture 9 - Virtue and Habit I
We become virtuous by acting as if we are virtuous. This central insight of Aristotle is explored in this lecture. Professor Gendler begins by explaining how Aristotle’s...


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Lecture 3 - Parts of the Soul I
Professor Gendler reviews four instances of intrapersonal divisions that have appeared in philosophy, literature, psychology, and neuroscience: Plato's division between...


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Lecture 10 - Virtue and Habit II
Although we become virtuous by acting as the virtuous person does, a close reading of Aristotle’s text shows that, on his account, it is not enough to be virtuous that we...


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