Thursday, August 10, 2006

August Open Thread

The next Philosophers' Carnival is coming up Monday -- be sure to submit a post by the end of this week!

I won't have internet access for the next few days, so you'll have to contribute any new content yourself. Consider this an open invitation to ramble about whatever you like in the comments here...


  1. I've been thinking about Richard's suggestion for teaching critical thinking skills in school. I think this is A much better way to run things, as a HSC student I remember virtually nothing that I learnt from the preliminary course by this stage and what I learnt is certainly not making me a better citzen or advancing my liberal arts education. I think that teaching critical thinking skills could acheive these goals.

    What's more I think it would be a good idea to blend learning of these techniques for critical thinking with "Concept based learning" ( my own coinage as far as I can tell). A course could be run combining the study of informal logic with the study of concepts like the rule of law
    and the collective action problem. Has anyone got ideas on how such a course could be taught and other concepts that could be explored in the course as well as what the content would be in regards to informal logic?

  2. You know what would be nice? If you would, once a week, correct a common philosophical misconception. Possible misconceptions include:

    Misconconceptions about the logical positivists ( that logical positivism= analytic philosophy, that logical positivism entails or equals or is even neccessairly compatiable with scientfic realism).

    Misconceptions about the comment "I think therefore I am".



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