What’s this course on Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature?

This is a course designed to explore the ways in which contemporary cognitive science can bear on the traditional questions of philosophy. So, for example, the course might look at Nietzsche’s account of morality in light of contemporary work in moral cognition, or it might look Plato’s discussion of parts of the soul in light of recent research on “dual processing”. There will be a lot of serious cognitive science, but there will also be a fair amount of serious philosophical rumination. 

[An earlier version of this course was piloted as a Freshman seminar in Spring 2008 under the name “Life Lessons: What Philosophers Got Right about the Human Condition”]