[lit-ideas] Re: Here's a useful word for the list....

Ursula --

I'll do what I can. But what's the question?
Cheers, Walter

Quoting Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>:

> I am, at this moment, tarting up a first-year lecture on TRUTH.   So, 
> someone send the answer...quick.
> Ursula
> 
> John Wager wrote:
> 
> > I was taught that philosophy classes were supposed to examine and 
> > evaluate philosophical arguments.  All my classes as an undergrad and 
> > in graduate school did that.
> >
> > But when I got to my first year of teaching, many many years ago, I 
> > found that students could not grasp the "argument" because they didn't 
> > understand or appreciate the statements that made up the argument, and 
> > further that they didn't have any appreciation or interest in the 
> > concepts that made up the statements.
> >
> > I decided the first thing I should do is try to teach the value of 
> > philosophical CONCEPTS, before puting them into an argument.  "Arete" 
> > ("virtue") is something that one should understand even before 
> > evaluating how successful Aristotle is in making an argument about 
> > this concept. 
> >
> > Ever since, I'd say that over half of my efforts in teaching have been 
> > to address the concepts philosophers use, exploring and meditating on 
> > them, rather than evaluating arguments containing them.  Of course 
> > that means my students do not get to "truth" because they don't get to 
> > evaluate arguments.  I'm a bit uncomfortable because philosophy should 
> > be about the "truth" in some sense, and I agree that concepts by 
> > themselves cannot be true or false.
> >
> > Am I doing the right thing or not?
> >
> > (This isn't a rhetorical question; I would like to know what you think.)
> 
> 
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