Teaching Philosophy: Theoretical Reflections and Practical Suggestions

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Tziporah Kasachkoff
Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Education - 281 pages
The difference in the practical approach to teaching philosophy can mean the difference between an engaging class and an excruciating one. In this expanded edition of In the Socratic Tradition (1997) Kasachkoff adds new sections on teaching philosophy with computers, teaching philosophical explanation, and teaching philosophy of gender. Chapters in the collection share the pedagogical insights of more than two dozen distinguished philosophers, offering practical suggestions on such issues as how to motivate students, construct syllabi and creative examinations for specific courses, and teach complex philosophical concepts. Like its predecessor, Teaching Philosophy will be an indispensable resource for teachers of all levels and fields of philosophy, and will be particularly helpful in lending inspiration to graduate students and professors called upon to teach courses outside of their specialty areas.
 

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Contents

Introducing Students to Philosophy
1
Introducing Philosophy
4
Teaching Introductory Philosophy A Restricted Topical Approach
18
Helping Our Students Improve
26
Reading and Interpretation A Heuristic for Improving Students Comprehension of Philosophy Texts
31
Improving Student Papers in Introduction to Philosophy Courses
41
Using Essay Exams to Teach and Not Merely to Assess
48
Teaching Applied Ethics
61
Teaching Philosophy through History
149
Teaching KantTeaching Hegel
162
Charting Kant
167
On Teaching Hegel Problems and Possibilities
171
Hegel and Family Values
182
Teaching ExistentialismTeaching Continental Philosophy
187
Teaching Recent Continental Philosophy
197
Teaching Philosophical Explanation
207

A Social Dilemma Game for an Ethics Class
74
Teaching Philosophy with Computers
83
Teaching Aesthetics
98
Teaching Philosophy of Religion
111
Three Courses in Philosophy of Religion
124
Teaching Critical Thinking
134
A Critical Thinking Portfolio
142
Teaching Philosophy of Gender
232
Looking at What We Do in the Classroom
252
A Graduate Seminar on Teaching Philosophy
264
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
277
ABOUT THE EDITOR
281
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Tziporah Kasachkoff is currently the editor of The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy. She is also professor of philosophy and professor of social science at the City University of New York.

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