Do Like The Pros: Learn Philosophy To Get The Winning Edge
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Learn modern philosophy to improve your thinking, communication and creativity to get the winning edge in business
4.9 (11 ratings)
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Created by Per Emanuelsson
Last updated 8/2015
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand how the mind, language and our social reality are interconnected
  • Know different theories of concepts in the mind
  • Know what the intentionality of the mind is
  • Know of we build up collective intentionality
  • Know what proposition and statements are
  • Know how we use speech acts to communicate meaning
  • Who about brute and social facts
  • Who how we use declaration speech acts to create our social reality
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  • An open mind and a strive for improving your reasoning


LATEST: 7 new lectures was added to the course on the 31st of October 2014. New short lecture in concept mapping was added on the 4th of November 2014.

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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
5 Lectures 25:13

Who Am I?

Concept Maps - Introduction

Ogden's Triangle - "This Fellow Isn't Insane; We Are Only Doing Philosophy!"
First Corner Of The Triangle - Concepts and Intentionality Of The Mind
10 Lectures 56:01
In this course I will give you and overview of the different theories of concepts that we are going to cover in the later lectures.
Four Theories Of The Concept of Concept - How Hard Could It Be?

In this lecture we are covering the classical theory of concepts where the judgement of something falling under a a concept is seen to follow necessary and sufficient conditions. We are also going through the most prominent problems, such as "Plato's problem", that encounter someone taking on such a viewpoint.
The Classical Theory About Concepts - How It All Began

In this lecture we are looking in to a response to the classical theory of concept developed by Eleanor Rosch based on Ludwig Wittgenstein's later work (i.e., Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty). The theory is called the prototype theory because it states that we typically hold prototypes related to concepts (or categories) and we judge membership in this category based on how much family resemblance the instances show with the prototype. We also talk about the problems facing this theory, such as the problem with compositionality of prototypes.
The Prototype Theory About Concepts - Is A Dove More Of A Bird Than A Penguin?

In this lecture we discuss a third theory of concepts, where one looks at concepts like ever evolving scientific hypothesis, which we constantly create, test, validate and refine or reject. We are also covering the problems of the Theory Theory.
The Theory Theory About Concepts - Is It Even Possible To Have The Same Concept?

A Pluralism About Concepts - Perhaps Many Theories Are Needed

Concept Quiz
12 questions

The Intentionality Of The Mind - "My Adding Machine Understands Nothing"

Summary So Far - We Have Concepts In Intentional States In Our Minds!

The Network And The Background - "The Whole Hurly-Burly Of Human Actions"

Intentionality Quiz
12 questions

Summary - First Corner - Concepts In Intentional States About Others' States
Second Corner Of The Triangle - Language
12 Lectures 51:58
Language - Second Corner - Communicate Your Meaning

Terms and Propositions - The Signified and The Signifier

Generativity and Compositionality - The Key Mechanisms Of Any Language

Sentence Meaning Is Not Enough! "Yes I Can; I'd Just Use My Legs!"

"The King of France is Bald" Is False,But So Is "The King Of France is Not Bald"

The Indeterminacy Of Translation - "Lo! An Undetached Rabbit-Part!"

Language Quiz
14 questions

Speech Acts - "Sorry, I Can't. My Mother-In-Law Won't Allow Me!"

Meaning Through Speech Acts - "There Is a Fluffy Mouse Catcher On The Mat"

Five Types Of Speech Acts - All You Need!

The Strange Thing About Declarations About Declarations - We Create Our World

Steven Pinker on - Language as a Window into Human Nature

Speech Act Quiz
8 questions

Summary - Second Corner - We Refer To Concepts In Our Minds Using Speech Acts
Third Corner - The World Of Objects And Facts
6 Lectures 57:30
The World Of Objects and Facts - Third Corner In The Triangle

The Ontological Nature Of Objects - Let's Get Deep!

Properties And Relations - "Being In Love" Is A Special Kind Of Relation

Objects and Properties Quiz
9 questions

Facts And Truth - "The Cat Is Not On The Mat" Is Also A Fact

Social Facts - Objectively True Knowledge About Subjectively Relative Phenomena

Fact Quiz
9 questions

Status Functions - A Rock, A Table And A President Are Very Different Things

Function Quiz
8 questions
Summary - The Triangle In A New Light
9 Lectures 56:30
Summary - The Triangle In A New Light

Lessons Learned - Overview

Meaning Breakdown - Do They Agree And Do They Think They Agree?

Slow Knowledge Acquisition - There Is So Much Time To Save

Language Legacy - When Language Prevents Strategic Breakthroughs

Rigid Information Systems - Envision Your Future When Conceptualizing

Creative Leap Catalyst - See The Hidden Links That No One Else Does

Early Customer Acceptance Of Language - Ground Your Language Collectively

Conclusions - Visualization Of Concepts Eliminates Communication Waste!
About the Instructor
Per Emanuelsson
4.6 Average rating
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2 Courses
Entrepreneur and Business/Software Architect

I am one of the co-founders and CEO of Soundtrap, a service that lets musicians make music online in the cloud, collaborating together in the creative process from a multitude of devices. We were featured at Google IO 2014 in San Francisco and I delivered a 45-minute session together with Google that showcased the site. (Check the session out on YouTube if you like, it's called “Making music mobile with the web")

I have, for the last 16 years, worked in a number of businesses and industries internationally, as a software and management professional as well as an entrepreneur. Examples of industries with many years of experience are: asset finance, logistics, software migration, software development tools, mobile services, e-learning, music recording, fundraising and fitness concept development.

My specialty lies in having deep knowledge in both software development (been hacking since I was a kid and have worked as a software architect for more then 16 years) and business/product development, having managed +75 people large regulatory business projects and also founded businesses myself.

Most often I work as a leader in projects and take on roles such as product developer, CEO, CTO, CMO, growth hacker, project manager, architect, analyst or teacher/mentor.

I have run and am running (as co-funder) a number of start-ups in the areas of fundraising, mobile consumer service, business development training, software migration and music recording studio software.