Philosophizing: Creating a World of Ideas
Author: Andrew Alexander
Release Date: 05-12-2018
Details: Philosophizing: Creating a World of Ideas is a special book. It introduces students to philosophy in a balanced way. With regard to the approach to learning, it balances content and method. With respect to content, it balances a problem centered approach with an historical emphasis. With regard to the selected problems, it balances theoretical issues with practical issues. With respect to the assignments, it balances individual reflection with social collaboration. Although the text deals with philosophy as an academic discipline, its emphasis on philosophizing allows students to feel the excitement of philosophy as a dialogical activity. Critical, comprehensive, controversial questions are tackled: What is a “good life”? What is a “good society”/ What makes a belief count as “knowledge”? What is “ultimate reality”? Can we know if there is a “God”? These intellectual questions are seen in a logical and historical light. Keeping an open mind is prized as multiple perspectives are explored.Analytical skills are developed by searching for distinctions and connections between theories. Critical thinking competencies are nurtured by defining concepts, articulating objections, and constructing arguments. Practical topics are used to reinforce these skills as students work collaboratively in teams on their chosen projects. Thus, in short, Philosophizing approaches philosophy as a personal and social activity ideally suited to enrich the quality of our thoughts and, consequently, the quality of our lives.
Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.3 inches