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Professor Patrick Grim, Ph.D.

Professor Patrick Grim
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • Boston University
In the end, imagining a world of fact without value is quite nearly impossible for creatures like us. Our lives are woven in terms of the things we value.

Dr. Patrick Grim is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He graduated with highest honors in anthropology and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was named a Fulbright Fellow to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, from which he earned his B.Phil. He earned his Ph.D. from Boston University. Professor Grim is the recipient of several honors and awards. In addition to being named SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Dr. Grim has been awarded the President and Chancellor's awards for excellence in teaching and was elected to the Academy of Teachers and Scholars. The Weinberg Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in 2006, Professor Grim has also held visiting fellowships at the Center for Complex Systems at Michigan and at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Grim, author of The Incomplete Universe: Totality, Knowledge, and Truth; coauthor of The Philosophical Computer: Exploratory Essays in Philosophical Computer Modeling; and editor of the forthcoming Mind and Consciousness: 5 Questions, is widely published in scholarly journals. He is the founder and coeditor of 25 volumes of The Philosopher's Annual, an anthology of the best articles published in philosophy each year.

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"Professor Grim blends intellect, imagination and creativity, not only as he presents his lectures, but he teaches how to connect with those tools, through practical examples and thought experiments throughout the course."

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  1. The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room Sale

    The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room

    Patrick Grim
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Thinking is at the heart of our everyday lives, yet our thinking can go wrong in any number of ways. Bad arguments, fallacious reasoning, misleading language, and built-in cognitive biases are all traps that keep us from rational decision making. What can we do to avoid these traps and think better? Is it possible to think faster, more efficiently, and more systematically? The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the...
  2. Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Patrick Grim
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. Only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest. In the scientific search for the mind, the role of philosophers is to sharpen our concepts, untangle the morass of questions, and systematically explore alternate approaches. These 24 half-hour lectures will make you think, evaluate your own...
  3. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  4. Questions of Value Sale

    Questions of Value

    Patrick Grim
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $29.95 $49.95 $29.95$49.95
    This 24-lecture series with Professor Patrick Grim is for anyone who wants to fine-tune their ability to see how deeper questions of ethics and values apply to the choices that make up their lives.
  5. (Set) Philosophy of Mind & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Clear up the many mysteries surrounding how we think and how we behave with these two intriguing courses that take you to the heart of consciousness and human behavior. In Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, discover answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in philosophy today. Then, explore the scientific province of behavioral...
  6. (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Argumentation Set

    (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Argumentation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    What is effective reasoning? How can you do it calmly, without discounting your emotions? And how can it be done persuasively? In The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room, you gain the tools to be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in your thinking and in all aspects of your daily life. And in Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition, learn...
  7. (Set) Questions of Value & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Questions of Value & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn possible answers to some of the most profound questions we can ask about life and the world around us in this set that brings together two illuminating philosophy courses. Questions of Value helps you fine-tune your ability to see how deeper questions of ethics and values apply to the choices that make up our lives. No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life takes you inside a fascinating school of...
  8. (Set)  The Philosopher's Toolkit & Art of Critical Decision Ma Set

    (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Art of Critical Decision Ma

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  9. (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines  Set

    (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Make sense of the complexities of consciousness with this course set delivered by two dynamic and award-winning professors. Join distinguished philosopher, psychologist, and award-winning Professor Daniel N. Robinson and explore fascinating questions about human consciousness in Consciousness and Its Implications. And witness how philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial...
  10. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Why Evil Exists  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    View the concepts of mind and evil from fresh new perspectives with this illuminating two-course set. In Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western civilization's greatest thinking and insight on this...
  11. (Set) Philosophy of Mind & Understanding the Brain  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind & Understanding the Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Gain invaluable insights into how your brain really works. Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines shows you how philosophy has provided us with tools for investigating how we think, feel, and perceive. Understanding the Brain examines the inner workings of this astonishing organ from the point of view of the neurologist, the biologist, and the psychologist.
  12. (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Your Deceptive Mind Set

    (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Your Deceptive Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn about the pitfalls that inhibit good thinking and their remedies, as well as the cognitive biases that get in the way of critical thinking, with this practical course set. In The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room, you gain the tools to be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in your thinking and in all aspects of your daily life. And in Your Deceptive...
  13. (Set) Science of Self & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines  Set

    (Set) Science of Self & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  14. (Set)  Argumentation, 2nd Edition & Questions of Value Set

    (Set) Argumentation, 2nd Edition & Questions of Value

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  15. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  16. (Set) Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics & Questions of Value  Set on sale

    (Set) Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics & Questions of Value

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $280.00 Starting at $57.90 $79.90 $57.90$79.90
  17. (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy  Set

    (Set) The Big Questions of Philosophy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $879.70 Starting at $879.70 $1,714.70 $879.70$1,714.70
    Learn possible answers to some of the most challenging and profound questions about human existence with this exclusive set of philosophy courses. Discover the answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in modern philosophy—in Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines. In Why Evil Exists, embark on a dynamic inquiry into Western...
  18. (Set)  The Philosopher's Toolkit & Questions of Value Set

    (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Questions of Value

    Patrick Grim
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  19. (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Strategic Thinking Skills Set

    (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Strategic Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn about the pitfalls that inhibit good thinking and their remedies, as well as the art of thinking strategically in business and in life, with this practical course set. In The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room, you'll gain the tools to be more creative, logical, inventive, realistic, and rational in your thinking and in all aspects of your daily life. And in Strategic...
  20. (Set) Origins of the Human Mind & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines  Set

    (Set) Origins of the Human Mind & Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Join the scientific and philosophical search to explain the mysteries of the human mind with this two-course set. In Origins of the Human Mind, get an authoritative guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what neurobiologists, psychologists, and other scientists know about our minds. In Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, discover answers to key questions about the nature of...
  21. (Set)  The Creative Thinker's Toolkit & Philosopher's Toolkit Set

    (Set) The Creative Thinker's Toolkit & Philosopher's Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  22. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Science of Self  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Science of Self

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  23. (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Questions of Value  Set

    (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Questions of Value

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Take a rewarding look at two important facets of Western philosophy with this engaging and insightful two-course set. First, discover how history's greatest minds have puzzled over the debate between free will and determinism in Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism. Then, examine the broad spectrum of values and ethics and the role they play in our lives with Questions of Value.
  24. (Set) Sharpening Your Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Sharpening Your Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
    Equip yourself with powerful skills that will lead to better thinking and greater success in your personal and professional life with these four immensely practical courses. First, in Strategic Thinking Skills, get a comprehensive guide to the skills, tactics, techniques, tools, case studies, and lessons behind the process of setting goals, developing long-range plans, anticipating the unexpected, analyzing your...
  25. (Set) Philosophy of Religion; Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason; & Questions of Value  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Religion; Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason; & Questions of Value

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $459.85 Starting at $459.85 $884.85 $459.85$884.85
    These three courses are intriguing ways to approach—and uncover potential answers to—some of life's most complex philosophical issues. Philosophy of Religion is an intellectual exploration of the questions of divine existence with which humankind has grappled for centuries. Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World through Experience and Reason, introduces you to a range of proven techniques used in the...
  26. (Set)  The Philosopher's Toolkit & Thinking Like an Economist Set

    (Set) The Philosopher's Toolkit & Thinking Like an Economist

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  27. (Set) Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception & Philosophy of Mind   Set

    (Set) Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception & Philosophy of Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    First, discover the secret life of your senses with Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, delivered by Professor Peter M. Vishton, an expert in the frontiers of human perception. With him as your authoritative guide, you'll consider each of your senses from a wide range of perspectives and explore how your brain processes different sensory information. Then, join Professor Patrick Grim in Philosophy of...
  28. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines; Consciousness and Its Implications; Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions; & Great Ideas of Psychology  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines; Consciousness and Its Implications; Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions; & Great Ideas of Psychology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.80 Starting at $599.80 $1,229.80 $599.80$1,229.80
    Take a mind-broadening look at the fascinating ways the human mind and emotions work with this four-course set. Start with Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, which shows how history's most profound thinkers have sought to understand the human mind. Consciousness and Its Implications uses real-world anecdotes to explore this mysterious mental state at the heart of human identity....
  29. (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Philosophy of the Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    An incomparable introduction to the question of what the mind is and what reality is, these courses are ideal for anyone who ponders philosophical thought and the Greek aphorism, "know thyself." Philosophy of the Mind investigates the endlessly interesting phenomena of mind. Redefining Reality looks at the ways in which science, politics, religion, and our culture has shaped our understanding of reality.
  30. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $719.90 $499.90$719.90