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Philosophers in the Classroom

Philosophers in the Classroom

Essays on Teaching

Edited by Steven M. Cahn, Alexandra Bradner, and Andrew P. Mills

Forthcoming - September 2018 - ca. 272 pp.

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Cloth (no dust jacket) 978-1-62466-745-9
$55.00
Paper 978-1-62466-744-2
$25.00

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Forthcoming - September 2018


In the classroom, philosophers face not only the perennial problems of philosophy, but the problems of teaching philosophy, and specifically the problems of teaching philosophy today: how to make philosophy interesting and relevant to students who are resistant to, or unfamiliar with, the discipline; how to bring classic texts to life within our current socio-cultural context; how to serve all students regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or declared majors; how to sustain our discipline in light of support for more "vocational" pursuits. In these essays, 24 of our most celebrated professors of philosophy offer perspectives on and solutions to these questions and more. Selected and introduced by three leaders in the world of philosophical education, the insights contained in this inspiring collection illuminate the challenges and possibilities of teaching the academy’s oldest discipline. 

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In the classroom, philosophers face not only the perennial problems of philosophy, but the problems of teaching philosophy, and specifically the problems of teaching philosophy today: how to make philosophy interesting and relevant to students who are resistant to, or unfamiliar with, the discipline; how to bring classic texts to life within our current socio-cultural context; how to serve all students regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or declared majors; how to sustain our discipline in light of support for more "vocational" pursuits. In these essays, 24 of our most celebrated professors of philosophy offer perspectives on and solutions to these questions and more. Selected and introduced by three leaders in the world of philosophical education, the insights contained in this inspiring collection illuminate the challenges and possibilities of teaching the academy’s oldest discipline. 
 
 
Contents:
 
Preface, by Steven M. Cahn
Introduction, by Alexandra Bradner and Andrew Mills
 

I. Teaching Philosophy: A Prologue

  • 1. “What is Philosophy? What is Education?,” by Seung-Kee Lee

  • 2. “Free to Think,” by Andrea Tschemplik

 

II. Teaching the Students

  • 3. “Competing Visions,” by Maureen Eckert

  • 4. “Learning to Teach,” by David Concepción

  • 5. “Meeting Students Where They Are,” Paul Hurley

  • 6. “Introducing Philosophy in a Large Classroom,” by Eve-Marie Morin

  • 7. “Teaching Value Theory to the Disenfranchised,” by James Rocha

  • 8. “Imagine Yourself in the Bird: Teaching Philosophy at the United States Military Academy,” by Courtney Morris

 

III. Teaching the Course

  • 9. “Critical Thinking and Empowerment,” by Mark Piper

  • 10. “Getting It Right: Forty Years of Intro to Philosophy,” by Stephen Daniel

  • 11. “On Teaching ‘Happiness and the Meaning of Life,” by Christine Vitrano

  • 12. “Learning not to Teach,” by Paul Woodruff

  • 13. “Moments of Grace,” by Anthony Weston

 

IV. Teaching Beyond the Course
 
  • 14. “Of Games and Confrontations,” by David C.K. Curry

  • 15. “Is the Unexamined Life Worth Living?,” by David Palmer

  • 16. “Teaching for Our Good,” by Bob Fischer

  • 17. “A Slow Apprenticeship with the Real,” by John Whitmire

  • 18. “Teaching Ethics, Happiness, & The Good Life: An Upbuilding Discourse in the Spirits of Søren Kierkegaard and John Dewey,” by Alex Stehn

 

V. Teaching the Teacher

  • 19. “Teaching Philosophy to First Generation Students,” by Bertha Manninen

  • 20. “Critical Thinking Can Save Your Life,” by Betsy Jelinek

  • 21. “This is Teaching,” by Jane Drexler
  • 22. “Teaching as a Humanism,” by Russell Marcus
  • 23. “When Our Students Die,” by Nick Smith
  • 24. “A Teaching Life,” by Martin Benjamin
 
 
About the Editors:
 
Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the former Chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy and the former President of The John Dewey Foundation.
 
Alexandra Bradner, Kenyon College; Chair, American Philosophical Association Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy; Executive Director, American Association of Philosophy Teachers.
 
Andrew P. Mills, Otterbein University; President, American Association of Philosophy Teachers.