Against Nature: Ronald de Sousa at TEDxUTSC

12/02/2013 09:19:07

Ronald de Sousa is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was raised in Switzerland and England; his BA is from Oxford and his PhD from Princeton. He has lived and taught in Toronto since 1966, with only brief interruptions for visiting appointments in Canada, the US, the UK, Switzerland, and China. He is the author of The Rationality of Emotion MIT 1987 Why Think:? Evolution and the Rational Mind OUP 2007 and Emotional Truth OUP 2011, as well as over a hundred journal articles and book chapters. His research interests, reflected in a sample of articles and reviews available on his website, focus on emotions, evolutionary theory, cognitive science, and sex, as well as the puzzle of the stubbornness of religious belief and other superstitions. His next book, also from OUP, is to be a Very Short Introduction to Love.

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Michael Philip Maunes

Ronald De Sousa is an amazing professor. I hope I could have him teach PHL 100Y1: Introduction to Philosophy if I enroll in this class on July, 28 2016 when I start my studies at University of Toronto on September 2016.

09/06/2016
Michael Philip Maunes

Ronald De Sousa is an amazing professor. I hope I could have him teach PHL 100Y1: Introduction to Philosophy if I enroll in this class on July 2016 when I start my studies at University of Toronto on September 2016.

19/03/2016
Dorkly Van de Dork

Awesome professor and very friendly and funny guy. Hope he never retires!

28/01/2015
William Westmere

yeah we are being natural making CO2 levels fluctuate. We are natural beings, and are just doing whatever we naturally want to do. He covers this in his speech, and this reinforces why nothing in nature is inherently good because it is natural.

06/03/2013
Khalil Barakzai

Great talk except where he goes nothing more natural than extinction; so we are merely helping by making animals extinct. Thats analogous to saying there its natural for the CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere to rise and drop peridoically, so we are merely being natural by contributing.

05/03/2013
Soopy Lakatabonwar

Oh my gosh the first good one! He actually makes a convincing argument unlike the other guys! 1. START HATING DEBT AGAIN BRO 2. YOU GOTTA BE ENTHUSIASTIC 3. THE INTERNET HAS CONNECTED US BUT I NEVER FELT SO ALONE. ALSO MY HAIR IS CRAZY 4. JOORDENS : Made a good point, didn't really provide much of a solution 5. THIS GUY: Proved a point, fuck yeah

22/02/2013
Christopher Stancill

Great talk. Surprised he never used the word 'stability' in his argument.

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