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Philosophers’ Non-Profit Offers Free Online Critical Thinking Course

A Boston-area non-profit organization has created a free, online, critical thinking course for students and teachers—a “boot camp for arguments”—based on a pedagogical technique that has some empirical research behind it. ¶ ThinkerAnalytix, founded by Nathan Otey and Anne Sanderson (Harvard), launched their course, “How We Argue,” last fall. The goal of the course “is to equip students to analyze and evaluate the arguments they read in academic papers, op-eds, and social media.” ¶ Otey and Sanderson say they founded ThinkerAnalytix with the aim of teaching philosophy in Boston-area high schools, but, they say, “we quickly discovered that most students—even the highest performers—lacked the basic argument analysis and reasoning skills which are the prerequisites for reading and discussing philosophical texts.” They add, “in many cases students could not identify the main claim of an argument or its basic premises.” ¶ So they decided to help students acquire the basics of critical thinking, and developed their course around one of the few techniques for teaching it that have documented empirical support: argument mapping (see more here). a screenshot from the How We Argue course ¶ They report that “when we started teaching argument mapping to high school and college students, two things jumped out immediately: 1) they liked mapping a lot; 2) they engaged material with a level of rigor and precision we had never seen before.” a screenshot from the How We Argue course ¶ Otey and Sanderson also offer workshops in argument mapping for K-12 teachers and university professors whose feedback helps them... -

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Petition Opposing Suspension of Tenure in Kansas

The faculty at the University of Kansas (KU) have organized a petition to pressure the provost and chancellor at the university to disavow the State Regents decision to permist Kansas universities to abandon tenure protections for faculty. ¶ ¶ Anyone is welcome to sign the petition, which states: As colleagues, students, alumni, donors and supporters of universities in general, we stand with the faculty and staff of the University of Kansas who object to a new regents policy that suspends the procedures of shared governance, including tenure protection, in order to ease dismissals, suspensions, and terminations. The principles of shared governance and transparency exist to support free inquiry and learning in all universities. We call upon Chancellor Douglas Girod to join the leaders of... -

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Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update

Here’s the report on new and revised entries in online philosophy resources and new reviews of philosophy books. ¶ ¶ SEP ¶ New: Medieval Theories of Conscience, Peter Eardley. ¶ Revised: Internet Research Ethics, by Elizabeth A. Buchanan and Michael Zimmer. Perceptual Experience and Concepts in Classical Indian Philosophy,... -

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Recent additions to the Heap of Links… ¶ A philosophical framework for political hope — Joe Biden’s inauguration speech and David Estlund’s (Brown) critiques of “utopophobia” “Moral knowledge can be acquired in any of the ways in which we acquire ordinary empirical knowledge” — a discussion of Sarah McGrath’s (Princeton) book... -

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Philosophers’ Non-Profit Offers Free Online Critical Thinking Course A Boston-area non-profit organization has created a free, online, critical thinking course for students and teachers—a “boot camp for arguments”—based on a pedagogical technique that has some empirical research behind it. ThinkerAnalytix, founded by Nathan Otey and Anne Sanderson (Harvard), launched their course, “How We Argue,” last fall. The goal of the course “is to equip students to analyze and evaluate the arguments they read in academic papers, op-eds, and social media.” Otey and Sanderson say they founded... Daily Nous -


Mini-Heap Recent additions to the Heap of Links… A philosophical framework for political hope — Joe Biden’s inauguration speech and David Estlund’s (Brown) critiques of “utopophobia” “Moral knowledge can be acquired in any of the ways in which we acquire ordinary empirical knowledge” — a discussion of Sarah McGrath’s (Princeton) book defending this idea “The aim of transitional justice is to fundamentally alter the basic terms of interaction, both horizontally among citizens and vertically between citizens and officials” —... Daily Nous -


Petition Opposing Suspension of Tenure in Kansas The faculty at the University of Kansas (KU) have organized a petition to pressure the provost and chancellor at the university to disavow the State Regents decision to permist Kansas universities to abandon tenure protections for faculty. Anyone is welcome to sign the petition, which states: As colleagues, students, alumni, donors and supporters of universities in general, we stand with the faculty and staff of the University of Kansas who object to a new regents... Daily Nous -


A Confederacy of Dunces: quotes (38) We do correspond quite regularly, the usual theme of Myrna’s correspondence tending to urge me to participate in lie-ins and wade-ins and sit-ins and such. Since, however, I do not eat at lunch counters and do not swim, I have ignored her advice. The subsidiary theme in the correspondence is one urging me to come… Man Without Qualities -


Now Featured We are thrilled that David Badre will be blogging about their new book On Task: How Our Brain Gets Things Done (Princeton, 2020). You can find everything in one place here (as it becomes available). The post Now Featured appeared first on The Brains Blog. Brains Blog -


DEEPLY DEPRESSING This essay published five days ago by Anne Applebaum is deeply depressing and very persuasive.  If she is right, and it is hard to disagree, this country has a far larger problem than even I realized. The Philosopher’s Stone -


Online Philosophy Resources Weekly Update Here’s the report on new and revised entries in online philosophy resources and new reviews of philosophy books. SEP New: Medieval Theories of Conscience, Peter Eardley. Revised: Internet Research Ethics, by Elizabeth A. Buchanan and Michael Zimmer. Perceptual Experience and Concepts in Classical Indian Philosophy, by Monima Chadha. al-Farabi’s Philosophy of Society and Religion, by Nadja Germann. Mysticism in Arabic and Islamic Philosophy, by Mehdi Aminrazavi. The Philosophy of Computer Science, by Nicola Angius, Giuseppe... Daily Nous -


Tenure under threat in Kansas: Consider signing a statement in protest Please consider signing the statement below by going here. “As colleagues, students, alumni, donors and supporters of universities in general, we stand with the faculty and staff of the University of Kansas who object to a new regents policy that suspends the procedures of shared governance, including tenure protection, in order to ease dismissals, suspensions, and terminations. The principles of shared governance and transparency exist to support free inquiry and learning in all universities. We... PEA Soup -


Same words, different meaning I’ve been thinking a lot about cover versions lately. A cover is typically the same song as the original version. Even if the words are changed a little, the broader meaning is the same. An example I’ve used before is Willie Nelson’s cover of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” Where Simon sings about “a girl from New … Continue reading "Same words, different meaning" News For Wombats -


``Picture a Scientist" ``Picture a Scientist" is a new documentary  about women scientists and how they just want to do their work and how people (mostly white old men) don't let them. The trailer is in https://www.pictureascientist.com/media. there was an event to discuss the film where I learned about the reportsThe links:[1983 CSAIL Report] “Barriers to Equality in Academia: Women in Computer Science at MIT”:   https://www.dropbox.com/s/eherc37esqabj0i/MIT-Barriers-Report.pdf?dl=0 [1999 MIT Report] “A Study on the Status of Women Faculty in... Women in Logic -


Jews Don’t Count Forthcoming David BaddielJew hatredJewish Identityregressive left Man Without Qualities -


Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé and others on literature after Wittgenstein Another Zoom symposium on a Wittgenstein-related book, this one featuring Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, Marjorie Perloff, et al.    Language Goes on Holiday -


Changing our Institutions: PfS Rebecca Millsop & Eugene Chislenko founded Philosophers for Sustainability in order to change the profession. With 150 members in 17 countries in its first two years, PfS is going strong. The post Changing our Institutions: PfS first appeared on Blog of the APA. Blog of the APA -


Zeno’s Conscience: quotes (37) “I will never forget that, even without loving me, you married me.”I didn’t protest because the matter was so obvious that protest was impossible. But, filled with compassion, I embraced her.None of this was ever discussed again between Augusta and me because a marriage is far simpler than an engagement. Once married, you don’t talk… Man Without Qualities -


APA Member Interview: Spencer Case Spencer Case is an international research fellow at Wuhan University in China. He finished his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. He is a US Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He writes popularly for National Reviewand other outlets and runs the Micro-Digressions podcast. If you were a brick in […] The post APA Member Interview: Spencer Case first appeared on Blog of the APA. Blog of the APA -


Jim Edwards (1939-2021) James “Jim” Edwards, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Glasgow, died earlier this month. Professor Edwards worked on topics in epistemology and philosophy of language. You can browse some of his works here. He earned his BA from the University of Bristol and his B Phil from Oxford University, after which he joined the University of Glasgow. The Department of Philosophy at Glasgow has posted some reminiscences of Professor Edwards here. The post Jim... Daily Nous -


January 28 Phil Stat Forum “How Can We Improve Replicability?” (Alexander Bird) The fifth meeting of our Phil Stat Forum*: The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties 28 January, 2021 TIME: 15:00-16:45 (London); 10-11:45 a.m. (New York, EST) . “How can we improve replicability?” Alexander Bird    Phil Stat Forum Website: phil-stat-wars.com Alexander Bird President, British Society for the Philosophy of Science, Bertrand Russell Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, Fellow and Director of Studies, St John’s College, Cambridge. Previously he was the Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy... Error Statistics -


“The McLuhans on Artifact Retrieval” That’s the title of my brief article in the new issue of the SCI-Arc journal Offramp, HERE. Object Oriented Philosophy -


Kansas Suspends Tenure Protections The Kansas Board of Regents yesterday approved a measure that, according to a faculty member representing the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents in Kanasas, “basically suspends tenure for a year” at public institutions of higher education in Kansas, “and sets a dangerous precedent for doing so again in the future.” The measure, approved unanimously by the Regents, states: In light of the extreme financial pressures placed on the state universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic,... Daily Nous -


Humanities Myth-Busting A new website offers free posters, postcards, and handouts that dispel misconceptions about humanities majors. “Faculty and students majoring in liberal arts fields have consistently to fight back against the idea that these majors are career dead-ends, or, worse, that studying English or History is something only students from wealthy families should do,” write the site’s creators, Aaron Hanlon (Colby College), Eric Hayot (Penn State), and Anna Kornbluh (U. Illinois-Chicago). “Whether you believe these ideas are... Daily Nous -