Do you want to enjoy learning about human nature? Do you like it when the things you learn prove useful in your day-to-day life?
Would it benefit you to:
1) Increase your sense of personal wellbeing?
2) Be a better friend, family member, and citizen?
Are you willing to understand how you can really improve your circumstances instead of wasting time sifting through ineffective advice from questionable sources?
If the answer is yes, then head to Prof. Tamar Gendler’s online Open Yale Course: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature (http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-181). It’s free and requires no registration. All video lectures are a click away on youtube or iTunes, and all course materials (including transcripts of the lectures) are easily accessible.
The twenty-six, 45 minute lectures examine human nature through a tantalizing blend of traditional Western philosophy and modern empirical psychology.
The Yale website appropriately states that “[the course is structured around three intertwined sets of topic: Happiness and Flourishing; Morality and Justice; and Political Legitimacy and Social Structures.” But this makes it sound dryly academic, and it is not.
This course’s content is clear and engaging; and Dr, Gendler’s delivery is as refreshing as it is delightful. The suggested texts can be a bit onerous for those not accustomed to academic reading, but please know that it is not essential to read them to understand the lectures.
But don’t take my word for it! See for yourself! http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-181/lecture-1