According to legend, inscribed on walls of the temple on the sacred site of Delphi in Ancient Greece were two premier injunctions: NOTHING IN EXCESS, and KNOW THYSELF. This course will be an examination of the latter injunction in an effort to discover what self-knowledge is, why it might be valuable, and what, if any, limitations it might face. What is missing from a person lacking in self-knowledge that makes her less wise, virtuous, or competent in certain areas than others who have this capacity, and what if anything might she do to fill that gap? Historical sources as well as recent research in philosophy, experimental social psychology, and neuroscience will inform our investigation, in the course of which we will become students of our own dreams, and cultivate some meditative practices.
Know Thyself - The Value and Limits of Self-Knowledge: The Examined LifeThe University of Edinburgh
About this Course
Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Socrates and the Examined Life
A re-casting of the Mind/Body problem
MIND AND SELF: Some Aspects of Human Nature
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TOP REVIEWS FROM KNOW THYSELF - THE VALUE AND LIMITS OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE: THE EXAMINED LIFE
I learned a lot about what self-knowledge and how it can enhance my life. The lectures and forum discussions were very thought-provoking. The meditative moments were an added bonus!
Very interesting course and very inspirational.
The Tutor is very serious, charming and convincing, even inspiring.
I can only recommend.
A really good course about different philosophical ideas from several philosophers about the examination of life. The teaching technique is really good and easy to understand.
I wasn't sure what to really expect but this was a great course to get me thinking and challenge me along the way. The meditative moments were SO lovely.
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