Let’s Put Some Money on Introduction to Philosophy

Here’s a bet I’d like to make: a good introduction to philosophy course will do more to increase students’ critical thinking abilities than a good course in logic or critical thinking. Here’s what I think I’d need to get this bet off the ground: First, we’d need a stable student body and a randomly selected… Continue reading Let’s Put Some Money on Introduction to Philosophy

Deciding Whether or Not to Tell a Story

When I was an undergraduate, I took a class called “Truth and Beauty” with the poet Ann Lauterbach. It was basically a class on reading and writing essays, but I took it because I was a philosophy major and I thought it would be about aesthetics, i.e. about whether judgments about beauty can be true… Continue reading Deciding Whether or Not to Tell a Story