Teaching Philosophy 40 (2):201-229 (2017)

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W. John Koolage
Eastern Michigan University
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This paper details how ghost hunting, as a set of learning activities, can be used to enhance critical thinking and philosophy of science classes. We describe in some detail our own work with ghost hunting, and reflect on both intended and unintended consequences of this pedagogical choice. This choice was partly motivated by students’ lack of familiarity with science and philosophic questions about it. We offer reflections on our three different implementations of the ghost hunting activities. In addition, we discuss the practical nuances of implementing these activities, as well the relation of ghost hunting to our course content, including informal fallacies and some models for scientific inference. We conclude that employing ghost hunting along-side traditional activities and content of critical thinking and philosophy of science offers a number of benefits, including being fun, increasing student attendance, enhancing student learning, and providing a platform for campus wide dialogues about philosophy.
Keywords Teaching Philosophy  General Philosophy of Science  Active Learning  Pseudo-Science  Ghost Hunting
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ISBN(s) 0145-5788
DOI 10.5840/teachphil201771869
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