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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....




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 .



This is a well put together course. It is beneficial to borrow or purchase the course textbook. I enjoyed the course instructor and his use of meditation breaks every so often was great.


151 - Know Thyself - The Value and Limits of Self-Knowledge: The Examined Life 的 162 個評論(共 162 個)

創建者 Jonathan F


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

創建者 Daniel H


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

創建者 Ricardo R d P


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

創建者 Orianna S


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

創建者 louis f d m p s


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

創建者 Husain A H


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

創建者 D S


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

創建者 Kali


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

創建者 elizabeth k


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

創建者 Sirinarueman M


this is very new to me, good to know such that things in life.

創建者 Wasi R


Module 4 felt a bit dry but the first three were interesting.

創建者 Ann T


The instructor could be more engaging in his teaching style.