BBC animated podcasts, from 90 seconds to 12 minutes in length, can be useful discussion sparks or background reference material for your classes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3vVjcY47k2p5Wsnj3ZFHV5W/a-history-of-ideas
Posts Tagged: Philosophy
This lesson is about how basic critical thinking works, and how important it is when discussing issues that are controversial or personal or are otherwise disposed to unnecessarily heated discussions. I will begin by showing that techniques exist for this, both for regulating emotions and then for proceeding in a rational way regardless of how […]
Brian Leiter has a reputation as something of a jerk, but his blog is the main thing that provides unity to this strange profession. Whether for good or for ill, I cannot say. He does a good job informing philosophers around the world of what’s happening in the profession in general, and also at specific institutions. In this one, he discusses how academic publication is difficult outside a core of elite schools in the english speaking world, effectively addressing an issue of professional marginalization.
This image depicts the view called determinism, which denies that free will exists and that all events are precisely and exclusively the result of prior circumstances.
A great introduction to critical thinking, including a great discussion of a context which it could enhance, public discourse. Should be required viewing for all philosophy classes, intro and ethics.