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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

26 minutes to complete

Getting started

26 minutes to complete
4 readings
4 readings
Introduction: Know Thyself @ Wireless Philosophy6m
About this course5m
Course assessments and exercises5m
Optional companion book
3 hours to complete

Socrates and the Examined Life

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 48 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
8 videos
Is anyone wiser than Socrates?4m
I know that I know (almost) nothing6m
Meditative moment3m
Is an unexamined life worth living?5m
"Not to be lived"10m
What is knowledge good for?8m
Summary2m
6 readings
Existentialist Comics - The "Apology"10m
Know Thyself, Chapter One10m
Interesting videos and podcasts10m
Plato's Apology - full text10m
'Socrates' by Professor Deborah Nails10m
'The Delphic Oracle: A Multidisciplinary Defense of the Gaseous Vent Theory' By Spiller et al10m
7 practice exercises
Initial thoughts
Practice Quiz 1: The Oracle
Practice Quiz 2: knowledge, wisdom and ignorance
Knowledge and ignorance15m
Do you agree?5m
Module One Quiz: 5 questions assessed10m
Chapter One Quiz10m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Descartes' Essence

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 66 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
9 videos
What can be called into doubt?9m
Are you dreaming now?7m
I think, therefore I am8m
Concerning God9m
The physical and the mental6m
Divisibility of mind and body4m
Meditative moment2m
Dualism5m
7 readings
Know Thyself, Chapter Two10m
Interesting videos and podcasts10m
Brief essay on Descartes' argument for dualism10m
Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy10m
Correspondence between Descartes and Princess Elisabeth10m
Prof. Christia Mercer on Descartes' debt to Teresa of Avila10m
Rationalism vs Empiricism10m
6 practice exercises
Initial thoughts5m
Practice Quiz 12m
Practice Quiz 22m
Evaluate Descartes' argument10m
Evaluate the arguments again10m
Module Two Quiz: 5 questions assessed10m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

A re-casting of the Mind/Body problem

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 61 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
8 videos
Ghost in the machine8m
Stupid is, as stupid does9m
Embodied cognition11m
Priviledged access8m
Locked in3m
The materialist strikes back6m
Meditative moment3m
7 readings
Know Thyself, chapter three10m
Interesting videos and podcasts10m
On embodied cognition10m
Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind
Gilbert Ryle at the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy10m
Locked-In Syndrome10m
Another MOOC: more about embodied cognition
5 practice exercises
Initial thoughts5m
Practice quiz2m
More know-how intelligence30m
Examples of failed phosphorescence or introspection/infallibility15m
Module Three Quiz: 5 questions assessed10m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

MIND AND SELF: Some Aspects of Human Nature

5 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 50 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Investigating human nature7m
How best to live?8m
Theory of human emotions8m
Non-basic emotions7m
Second nature8m
Meditative moment2m
8 readings
Existentialist Comics - Sartre10m
Human nature: Six things we all do (New Scientist)20m
Human nature matters (Aeon)20m
Some interesting videos and podcasts30m
Read more about Confucius, Mencius, and Xunzi (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)10m
Read more about Sartre, Existentialism, and Nothingness (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)10m
Steve Darwall: Empathy, Sympathy, Care10m
More on basic emotions10m
5 practice exercises
Initial thoughts5m
Your rituals30m
Human nature as an excuse15m
Part of human nature?30m
Module Four Quiz: 5 questions assessed10m
2 hours to complete

Final assessment

2 hours to complete
4 readings
4 readings
Share what you've learned by editing the Wikipedia entry on self-knowledge!1h
A brief How-To10m
The Unconscious
Losing Oneself

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