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."

48 Courses and Sets

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48 Courses and Sets

  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
    4.7 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (41)
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    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. Mind-Body Philosophy Sale

    Mind-Body Philosophy

    Patrick Grim
    4.8 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $29.95 $69.95 $29.95$69.95
    How is it that our very physical brain creates the very subjective experience we call reality? That is the mind-body problem. In Mind-Body Philosophy, award-winning Professor Patrick Grim of SUNY Stony Brook leads an exhilarating tour through millennia of philosophy and science addressing one of life’s greatest conundrums. What is consciousness and how does it arise? Can we really rely on our perceptions of the...
  3. Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    Patrick Grim
    4.7 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (92)
    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...
  4. Questions of Value Sale

    Questions of Value

    Patrick Grim
    4.2 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (83)
    Save up to $215.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    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. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3 out of 5
    36% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (11)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    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!
  6. (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...
  7. (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
  8. (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...
  9. (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...
  10. (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
  11. (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
  12. (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.
  13. (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...
  14. (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...
  15. (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