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Thursday, April 2, 2009

a question concerning early philosophical education

Along with building educational software, part of my new job is to put together short online educational resources. Mostly I'm doing this to make sure the software works well and to see where it needs improvement but also to help less tech savvy educators get their printed material into more interactive forms.

My new boss knows of my interest in philosophy so he recommended I build a couple short philosophical educational resources (content equivalent to maybe 10 pages in a textbook). So I'm looking for short topics that profs use for 101 type courses that every philosophy major gets to know fairly early.

The main subject I could think of was Hume's problem of induction. Can any of you think of others that might be interesting? Some epistemological ones might be fun, maybe color skepticism.

Another way to put this-- what early philosophical question had a big impact on you?


Charlie H said...

I'll give this some more thought, but in the meanwhile be sure to check out Gareth Matthews' books ("Philosophy and the Young Child," and some others).

Mike said...

Thanks for the recommend. I'll grab that from the library.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to give this some thought too. One book that really influenced me was The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant. I really like his writing style.

Mike said...

Maybe something on reading charitably.

Anonymous said...

I've done a post about my most influential philosophers. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for. But the questions that really had a big impact on me was what shall I do with my life in a meaningless world? What can I do with my life? What should I do with my life if it amounts to nothing? It's something along the lines like that.

Mike said...

I'm really just looking for short topics. Any one thinker is probably too long but just something short that can really get you thinking or a concise discussion of a discrete subject. Your post is interesting though, a lot to chew on.