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Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies

Volume 10, Issue 2, Spring 2011

Renée Smith
Pages 175-194

Reading to Learn to Read Philosophy

Given the right sorts of reading assignments, students can learn to read philosophy by reading philosophy. This paper identifies a number of obstacles to students’ reading philosophy and recommends re-envisioning student-learning outcomes in light of the revised Bloom’s taxonomy of learning objectives and using directed reading assignments that help students achieve them. It describes seven reading assignments in philosophy that emphasize active learning to facilitate students’ learning to read philosophy as they read philosophy.