Looking for a Fight: An Agonistic Strategy for Teaching
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.
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Mosser, Kurt, "Looking for a Fight: An Agonistic Strategy for Teaching" (2006). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 63.