The Hobbes Game, Human Diversity, and Learning Styles

Teaching Philosophy 19 (3):247-258 (1996)
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This paper recounts the pedagogical benefits of the Hobbes Game to introduce students to Hobbes' social contract theory. The author introduces a modified version of John Immerwahr's Hobbes Game and organizes the activities according David Kolb's typology of learning styles. The game provides students with a concrete experience of thought experiments from the text and encourages reflective observation of the theory itself. Since the game mimics the experience of the Hobbesian state of nature students are able to see Hobbes' arguments from different points of view along with abstract conceptualization in an active experimentation

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