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Self-Knowledge (PH9A9)

Most people have heard of the Ancient Greek maxim “Know Thyself” and Socrates’ observation that the unexamined life isn’t worth living. But what is self-knowledge, and how is such a thing even possible for us? How do we gain self-knowledge, and is this kind of knowledge easy or difficult for us to have? How much self-knowledge can we have, and to what extent is self-ignorance something we have to live with? Why does self-knowledge matter anyway? Is it really true that a life without self-knowledge wouldn’t be worth living?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this module. We will examine different philosophical and psychological theories of self-knowledge with a view to arriving at a better understanding of what self-knowledge is and why it matters. For those who are not already familiar with the topic, the following is a Beginner's Guide to Self-Knowledge.

Module Director:

Quassim Cassam

This module is worth 20 or 30 CATS depending on your programme of study.

* Module was previously listed under module code PH909