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Truth Be Told: Sociological Investigation
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
Sociological research and methodology is often the subject of fierce debate among sociologists. The pursuit of objectivity in sociological research, Critical Sociology, and the idea of Sociology as a science...each has transformed the way sociologists approach sociological research. This lesson…
Endless Questions - Critical Thinking and Research
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
It's our nature to ask questions about ourselves and the world around us. But finding answers requires more than intuition and common sense. This lesson asks the question, Does happiness lead to good health? then probes for answers using the…
The Magic of the Mind - The Story of Psychology
Part of the Series: Inside Out Series
Psychology touches virtually every aspect of our lives. Many of its current themes can be traced back to questions that have confronted scholars throughout history. But today the study of behavior, thoughts and feelings is bolstered by new scientific tools…
What Is Philosophy?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is Philosophy? combines two classic models -- Plato's Parable of the Cave and the character of Socrates -- with contemporary philosophers' commentary on the subject.
Connections: The Sociological Perspective
Part of the Series: The Way We Live Series
What is Sociology? Various perspectives are offered by leading sociologists for understanding the complex interplay of individuals, groups and relationships in society, and how they provide a context for living and a roadmap for understanding life's limitations ... and possibilities.…
Coming to America: Portrait of Colonial Life
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Immigration has been a key to American history. Contrasting experiences of different groups. The challenges of indentured servitude; their contributions. Family groups in New England; roles within the family unit. The emergence of a slave society in North America. Upsurge…
Changing Families
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson looks at the American family in the 21st century and the notion that there is no single, "one-size-fits-all" model of what constitutes a family. Increases in the number of woman in the paid labor force, the rise in…
What Is Human Nature?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
What is Human Nature? contrasts traditional Greek and Judeo-Christian views of human nature with post-Darwinian and existential views.
Is Ethics Based on Virtue?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Is Ethics Based on Virtue? explores Aristotle's and other ancient views of virtue and the good life, as well as contemporary virtue ethics with its focus on emotions, personal relationships, character, and long-term values.
Turbulent Virginia: Pirate Base...Royal Colony
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Incentives for English colonization. French and Dutch presence in North America. British attempts to establish a base at Roanoke and the outcome. Subsequent Virginia Company settlement at Jamestown. The people who come; the struggle to survive; the response of Native…
Can Rules Define Morality?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Can Rules Define Morality? addresses formalist theories of ethics, particularly that of Immanuel Kant, and explores the implications of his views in relation to ethical issues.
Does The End Justify The Means?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does the End Justify the Means? looks at utilitarianism against the backdrop of a construction project with environmental import and asks what is intrinsically valuable.
Is Reason The Source Of Knowledge?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Is Reason the Source of Knowledge? presents the rationalism of Descartes and Leibnitz, the roots of rationalism in Plato and geometry, and the continuing debate over whether the mind alone can generate knowledge.
Does God Exist?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does God Exist? delves into how philosophers have probed the universe for evidence of God's existence. How did the world begin? Is there a reason for its order and design? And, can we reconcile the existence of God with the…
From Days Before Time
Part of the Series: The Unfinished Nation Series
Early human habitation of the North American continent. The civilizations of the North and South and tribal cultures. The journeys of Christopher Columbus. Exploration and exploitation of the west by the Spanish; impact on native population. Early slave trade. Biological…
Do We Have Free Will?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Do We Have Free Will? asks if our lives are determined, or if we freely choose among alternatives. Ancient philosophers believed us to be free moral beings, but how do we define our options in a world governed by the…
Moral Dilemmas…Can Ethics Help?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
The parents and medical staff caring for a premature baby struggling for life are faced with the decision of whether or not to continue treatment. Philosopher Immanuel Kant, whose ideas have influenced modern medical ethics, would answer such a question…
The Role of Gender
Part of the Series: Our Families, Ourselves Series
This lesson focuses on how all of us learn about gender from an early age, and explores some of the ways in which gender-based roles, expectations and assumptions are changing.
Is Morality Relative?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Is Morality Relative? discusses whether all morality is culturally determined, or whether some moral values are valid for all cultures. Harman, Wong, and Rachels explore the claims of relativism. The issue of child labor is explored from a relativist point…
Does Science Give Us Truth?
Part of the Series: Examined Life Series
Does Science Give Us Truth? looks at correspondence, coherence, and pragmatist theories of truth, and discusses how conflicts have carried over into realist vs. antirealist views of science, including the Einstein-Bohr debate about quantum mechanics.