(NOT OFFERED IN 2010-2011)
Steven Pinker and Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Undergraduate and graduate course
No enrollment limit
Lectures: Tuesday 6-8 PM, Langdell South (Law School)
Discussion section: Optional discussion sections will be organized by the students with the help of the course administrator.
Theories of human nature and their implications. Is there a human nature? If so, what is it? What competing images of humanity are found in religion, art forms, social and political theories, and psychology, biology, and neuroscience? Can we change what we are? Is law a lever of behavior modification with a theory of human nature as its fulcrum? How might new approaches to human nature affect the organization of the university?