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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 41, Issue 3, September 2018

Mary Beth Willard
Pages 303-313
DOI: 10.5840/teachphil201882993

Sign
A Case Study in Learning the Philosophy of Language through Games

I present a case study of the use of a table-top role-playing game in a mid-level course that presupposes no previous familiarity with philosophy. The course covered philosophical analyses of propaganda and language, and the pedagogical purpose of the game was to help students grasp the basics of philosophical and linguistic theories of assertion quickly. The game, Sign, directs players to create a signed language collaboratively, and thus forces them to pay attention to the subtle ways in which communication occurs.