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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. Learning Outcomes: Learners will gain familiarity with prominent themes from Western, classical Chinese, and Buddhist approaches to our knowledge of ourselves. In the course of doing so, they will gain an appreciation of the relation of self-knowledge to wisdom, of the value of intellectual humility, as well as of methods of learning about oneself that do not depend on introspection. Learners will also become familiar with contemporary research in experimental social psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience into the emotions, the unconscious, the role of affect in decision making, and self-deception. They will also gain an appreciation of a challenge to the assumption of a coherent, unified self that derives from the Buddhist tradition. --- This course was created by a partnership between The University of Edinburgh and Humility & Conviction and Public Life Project, an engaged research project based at the University of Connecticut and funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation....



17. Aug. 2022

This course was amazing! I loved the extracurricular activities (readings, assignments and the meditative moments) which helped to contextualise the material learned in an interdisciplinary context.


20. Juni 2020

Really in depth and easy to follow information on a great array of topics, philosophers and philosophies. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest of learning new knowledge .

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von Darryl R

30. Juni 2021

5 star.

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von Julie B

7. März 2021

Thank you, the course was interesting and having done a little on the history of philosophy in the past, I enjoyed looking at some vaguely familiar theories from a different perspective. I think there was a good balance of material to cater for different learning styles and to introduce an element of variety (videos, further reading, topics for debate and quizzes) and the structure of the course, and my progress within it, was clear and logical. My only criticism is that the transcripts (in written English) of the video talks are not accurate and in some places become quite confusing and even suggest a meaning contradictory to what was actually said.

von S R R

1. März 2022

Thanks a lot. I found the course very good and useful. The videos and accomapnying trxts are well planned and developed.

But for some reason it revolves around only western thinking and inclusion of eastern thinking especialy from Hinduism and Buddhiism would have taken the students much further on the road. Unlike western phylosophy which revolves around a few personalities, Indian thinking is so old that the authors' names are not specifically kniwn and goes by the generic name "seers".

von Tomas M

24. März 2021

Very interesting presentation of competing ideas from philosophy and its history about what human mind can be. The material is organized chronologically, recent concepts about emotions are mentioned towards the end. Many links to to other interesting readings and podcasts are provided. Thank you prof. Green.

von Joe B

31. März 2022

Some thought provoking videos and ideals brought forward. I enjoyed the variety of philosophers and ideologies that were presented. Maybe not for everyone but certainly could be intereting for anyone who thinks about purpose in life, self-awareness, and consciousness.

von P N A

4. Juni 2020

More visuals and videos to explain the course content would have made teh course more interesting.

The videos with just the Porfessor speaking were sometime monotonous.

von Tatiana F M

4. Sep. 2018

Very interesting course and subject. There is much more to learn about it, I'm waiting for the next course to go deeper in the subject.

von Jonathan F

1. Feb. 2022

This course was fairly difficult requiring some effort, but it was worthwhile to gain a basic knowledge of western philosophy.

von Emily S

16. Jan. 2023

Good survey, coherently presented. But the speaker talks way too fast and you must pay careful attention to catch it all.

von Daniel H

18. Mai 2021

Interesting introduction and overview for those from non-Philosophy background but are interested in it

von Ricardo R d P

15. März 2021

I had the impression the emphasis was put on the limits, rather on the value of self-knowledge...

von Orianna S

23. Apr. 2020

The majority of the coursework is highly useful in daily life, which I greatly appreciated.

von louis f d m p s

17. März 2019

Very interesting, I think it is a great start to the knowledge of thyself this background.

von Husain A H

19. Mai 2021

The course is heavly theoritical, I like it. And I hope they add more practicality to it.

von D S

19. Feb. 2019

Tests were pretty easy, did not challenge much. Not that that´s bad, its just a thing.

von Kali

27. Sep. 2018

Enjoyed the lectures very much. Found it to be thought provoking and informative.

von elizabeth k

1. Aug. 2022

It was just the right length, gaves s a thirst for more and was not boring.