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Analyzing Controversy -- meanings, facts and values: distinguishing the conflicts

Authority & Power -- Why Might doesn't make Right.

Authority, Fact&Value  -- Interconnections & Dependencies

The Analysis of Policy: can philosophy help? -- essay

Can Virtue Be Taught? - What do you mean by "taught"?

Conceptual or Empirical? -- On what basis do we judge possible truth: definition or research?

Confirmation Theory: radical empiricist version -- exercises

Classroom Issues

The Conjunctive Fallacy: a fallacy itself?
-- Is representativeness irrational?

Core Concepts BIBLIOGRAPHY weblinks to articles and other sources

Counterexamples, Using -- How to construct them.

Critical Thinking Concerns

Curriculum Concerns

Definition, Types of -- typology and examples, exercise

Delegitimating Interests: confusing fact and valuation -- essay

Democracy vs. Efficiency --Does communication constrain production?

Developing Criteria in a Pluralistic Context -- theory and worksheets 

Doing Violence to "Violence" -- intention, not merely behavior, is crucial.

Educational Concerns in Philosophy

Entailments, Beliefs and Brain-States - Gettier's error leaves Socrates' definition of knowledge untouched.

A Most Esssential Question: How Many Are Truly Educable?

The Functional Analysis of Behavior:
theoretical and ethical limits

Generative Schema. From Question to Thought to Answer -- graphics for organizing your thoughts

Higher Education Issues


Hurt, Harm & Safety -- a confusion that stultifies

The Indeterminacy of Consensus:
masking ambiguity and vagueness in decision

Interrogatories for Analysis, Problem Solving, etc. --consistency in questioning

Inquiry Blockers  -- Stultifying further questioning

Is It Reasonable To Be Logical? -- sometimes, sometimes not.

Isomorphisms: parallel structures of thought.
The Skeletons of Metaphor. How can we recognize them?

LEADERSHIP AS USURPATION -- the Grand Inquisitor Syndrome...

Magic Pictures   Illusion, hallucination, perception: how do we distinguish them?

A Method for Generating Critical & Criterial Questions -- worksheet -- practical philosophical analysis

Model Cases for Conceptual Analysis -- method explained with examples and exercises

Pluralism and Paradigms -- Step-by-step development of practical definitions.

Punishment and Cruelty: -  case analysis. These are interestingly independent.

Rationales for Intervention -- If you're going to butt in, know your reasons. Make them good.

Evaluating a Rationale for Intervention: worksheet

The Philosophical Foundations of Human Cognition -- Why things are different or the same. How we know.

B. F. Skinner's Concept of Person

B.F. Skinner's Philosophy of Material Rationalism. Is this science?

Slogans -- Nature and Use (graphics)

The Surprise Test. A Paradox?  -- Not all forms of reverse induction are free from fallacy.

Teaching Case Analysis to Achieve Philosophical Consensus -- Examples with instructions

Theory and Program: Isomorphic Structures

"Thinking" Like Computers Do? --Is it possible? Is it good for humans?

Types of Heuristics -- Gigerenzer's quickies compared to standard procedures

Using a Theory -- essential constraints on thinking

Values BIBLIOGRAPHY weblinks to articles and other sources

Varieties of Explanation &  Cause -- definitions, activity

Violence, Imposition, Wrongdoing: -  case analysis. They are distinct.

Voluntary Behavior. Can it be conditioned? -- "Controlled" is not "conditioned." Method matters.

Wisdom, Knowledgeability case analysis class activity