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Coursera: Moralities of Everyday Life

 with  Paul Bloom
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How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.

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Welcome to Moralities of Everyday Life!


The Big Questions
What is morality, anyway? What are the big debates in the field of moral psychology?

Compassion
Where does concern for others come from? How is it related to empathy—and is more empathy necessarily a good thing? And what can we learn from the study of those who seemingly lack normal moral feelings, such as violent psychopaths?

Origins of Morality
Here, we ask about which aspects of morality are universal. We discuss evolution, cross-cultural research, and the fascinating new science of the moral life of babies.

Differences
How does culture influence our moral thought and moral action? What role does religion play? Why are some of us conservative and others liberal, and how do political differences influence our sense of right and wrong?

Family, Friends, and Strangers
Our moral feelings are usually most powerful towards our kin (such as our parents and our children) and our friends and allies. We will discuss these special bonds, and then turn to the morality of racial and ethnic bias. Then we use the tools of behavioral economics to explore the controversial question of whether we are ever truly altruistic to strangers.

The Big Answers
We’ll discuss some clever studies that show how our moral behavior is powerfully influenced—often at the unconscious level—by the situations that we find ourselves in. Such findings raise some hard problems about determinism, free will, and moral responsibility. Most of all, if our actions are determined by our brains, our genes, and our situations, in what sense can we be said to be moral agents? The course will end by trying to address this question.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Philosophy
Institution Yale University
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 6-14 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful
4 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
One of those academic courses that stays away from reality. Professor Bloom actually pointed out that this is intentional. He doesn't want to discuss controversial topics as they initiate fights and anger on forums . Consequently, the knowledge is limited to the lab. Dear professor, the life is complicated and controv Read More
One of those academic courses that stays away from reality. Professor Bloom actually pointed out that this is intentional. He doesn't want to discuss controversial topics as they initiate fights and anger on forums . Consequently, the knowledge is limited to the lab.

Dear professor, the life is complicated and controversial .

It should be the duty of any school to get students ready for it.

In 3 weeks I haven't learnt anything new except for an interesting theory on differences in chimps and bonobos societies.

I don't know if I'm going to continue with this course. Have had enough of the experiments on animals. How moral is it?

Few students mentioned an upcoming course on human behaviour. Read an introduction and watched couple of videos with the instructor, loved it.

See you at "A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior" !
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3 years ago
Genevieve De Lacaze completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I finished this course like you finish a great book: with sadness of leaving it behind and happiness of having it within. I did take a lot of notes and researched further the topics and arguments presented but that was pure joy, really. I really liked that they kept things simple. Prof Bloom was fun and easy to follow. I'd love a part 2.
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Laurachurcher completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Really enjoyed this course - this was not a subject I had any familiarity with and I thought it was a great introduction to ethics and the philosophical study of morality. There was a good variety of articles in the readings and guest lectures. Would love there to be more material than there was.
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Hailey Meinen completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it.
I was not able to access the quiz material (free version) so I don't know how difficult the course is. However, I found the material very interesting and the lectures made good use of various resources. A bit long- I watched the videos on double speed and was able to catch the information well.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Great course. Prof. Bloom is a knowledgeable and fun teacher. I learned so much about psychology, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and ethics! I highly recommend it!
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a year ago
Joan Pasch audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very organized, engaging teacher who gave a lot of information about the current state of research. It is mainly lectures, some reading, and a quiz per week.
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Sorin Ghinescu completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Really good course. The teacher explains very clearly each concept and idea. His choice of topics is really interesting and challenging. I enjoyed very much.
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10 months ago
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Taich audited this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course that covers sociological research and theory regarding morality and decision-making. Well presented and appropriate level of presentations and extra reading.
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7 months ago
Maxime Zabiégo audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Both informative and entertaining. Professor Bloom is very good at capturing his audience and listening to him is was a real pleasure. Owing to lack of time, I didn't participate in forum discussions, but just watching the course videos and browsing complementary resources proved very valuable. I have prof. Bloom's bo Read More
Both informative and entertaining. Professor Bloom is very good at capturing his audience and listening to him is was a real pleasure.

Owing to lack of time, I didn't participate in forum discussions, but just watching the course videos and browsing complementary resources proved very valuable. I have prof. Bloom's book in my chart for further reading and I'll definitely look for other courses / talks from him.
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3 years ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Amazing, thought-provoking course! Love the informative and interesting content and the occasional humor of Prof. Bloom ;)

Would suggest more images and powerpoint slides in lectures though but still great.
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3 weeks ago
Sorin Ghinescu completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent! Very interesting subject and a very fresh perspective on it! Professor Bloom excels at explaining complex notions to the non-expert.
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Donald Keck partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I would've loved to complete this course except that I couldn't access it after the 5th week. Never did figure out why.
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Anonymous completed this course.
The accompanying book "Just Babies" is amazing!
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Was worth every minute I spent watching this class!
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