Five-Minute Philosophy

A 12-part course with Plato Footnote

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Course Overview

Philosophy is one of the oldest disciplines in existence and is the vessel for discussions about miracles, gods, and religion - among other things. Over the course of 12 lessons, learn about the history, types and notable characters of the study of philosophy. Plato Footnote delves into the science of philosophy, the philosophy of science, and how separate science and philosophy really are. Learn basics like “what is philosophy?” (literally the ‘love of wisdom’) to subjects like neuroethics, metaphysics, and reductionism.


  • Total Time 1 hr, 4 min
  • Lessons 12
  • Exercises 48

12 Lessons in This Course

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    "It’s not about how smart you are; it’s about HOW you are smart."
    Howard Gardner, Author of Multiple Intelligences, Harvard University
    "If you want to improve your memory, don't waste your time and money on brain games. You'd be better off learning to quilt."
    Lauren Silverman, NPR
    "Success… it’s about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself."
    Carol Dweck, Author of Mindset, Stanford University
    "Whether or not picking up a new skill makes you smarter, it certainly makes you… a better, happier, more fulfilled person."
    Dr. Gary Marcus, Author of Guitar Zero, New York University
    "Curious minds show increased activity in the hippocampus, which is involved in the creation of memories."
    Dr. Charan Ranganath, Scientific American
    "Who wants to sit, slogging away at brain training apps when you could be doing something fun like photography?"
    Dr. Jeremy Dean, Author of PSYBlog
    "We need, as a society, to learn how to maintain a healthy mind, just like we know how to maintain vascular health with diet and exercise."
    Psychological Science

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