Philosophy Faculty Publications

Title

Looking for a Fight: An Agonistic Strategy for Teaching

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2006

Publication Source

Teaching Philosophy

Abstract

This exercise requires students—particularly in Introduction to Philosophy courses—to use Internet chatrooms in an “agonistic” fashion, actively seeking out others with whom to argue. Generally using topics in applied ethics, students develop skills in articulating their positions, providing evidence to support those positions, and presenting arguments. These Internet exchanges have resulted in improvement in students’ critical thinking skills, writing, and classroom discussion, and have revealed the value of defending a position with a dispassionate, well-reasoned argument.

Inclusive pages

343-362

ISBN/ISSN

0145-5788

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Volume

29

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes