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1. Teaching Philosophy: Volume > 38 > Issue: 4
Michael H. G. Hoffmann, Jeremy A. Lingle, Facilitating Problem-Based Learning by Means of Collaborative Argument Visualization Software
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There is evidence that problem-based learning (PBL) is an effective approach to teach team and problem-solving skills, but also to acquire content knowledge. However, there is hardly any literature about using PBL in philosophy classes. One problem is that PBL is resource intensive because a facilitator is needed for each group of students to support learning efforts and monitor group dynamics. In order to establish more PBL classes, the question is whether PBL can be provided without the need for facilitators. We present a combination of five strategies—among them the collaborative argument visualization software AGORA-net—to replace facilitators. Additionally, we present evidence that these strategies are sufficient to provide a PBL experience that achieves intended learning goals in an ethics class and is satisfying for students without facilitators.
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T. G. Murphy, Does Critical Thinking Vary According to Culture?
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Psychologist Richard Nisbett argues that fundamental aspects of critical thinking and logic are culturally conditioned. Nisbett’s claims, if correct, have substantial implications for the teaching of logic and critical thinking. In this paper I examine Nisbett’s arguments and conclude that he overstates the degree to which his empirical work justifies his theories about cultural difference. I will argue that we have good reason to be cautious about revising our pedagogy on the basis of assumptions about cultural difference, and that Nisbett’s work does not provide convincing enough evidence to justify setting that caution aside.
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Mikel Burley, How to Teach Philosophy of Religion
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Philosophy of religion is a popular area of study with a lot of underexplored potential. For many students, as well as members of the public, it is the area of philosophy that deals most explicitly with the “big questions” that engage them directly. But a preoccupation with overly technical argumentation and decontextualized examples of religious beliefs can be off-putting. In this article, I discuss broader and narrower visions of philosophy of religion, outlining what needs to be included in any introductory course while also exploring ways of diversifying the syllabus and deepening approaches to existing topics for more advanced-level students. Without overlooking the risks of spreading the content too thinly, I highlight how increased interdisciplinarity and greater cross-cultural awareness can enliven the subject.
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4. Teaching Philosophy: Volume > 38 > Issue: 4
Paul Carelli, A Plato Reader: Eight Essential Dialogues, edited by C. D. C. Reeve
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J. Adam Carter, Duncan Pritchard, MOOCS, by Jonathan Haber
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Timothy Chambers, Science and the World: Philosophical Approaches, edited by Jeffrey Foss
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Jason Decker, Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained, by Colin McGinn
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Chad Mohler, Metaphysics, by Peter van Inwagen
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David L. O'Hara, Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life, by Neera K. Badhwar
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Nils Ch. Rauhut, Philosophy Bites Again, by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton
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