Polling as Pedagogy: Experimental Philosophy as a Valuable Tool for Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy 31 (1):39-58 (2008)
Abstract
First, we briefly familiarize the reader with the emerging field of “experimental philosophy,” in which philosophers use empirical methods, rather than armchair speculation, to ascertain laypersons’ intuitions about philosophical issues. Second, we discuss how the surveys used by experimental philosophers can serve as valuable pedagogical tools for teaching philosophy—independently of whether one believes surveying laypersons is an illuminating approach to doing philosophy. Giving students surveys that contain questions and thought experiments from philosophical debates gets them to actively engage with the material and paves the way for more fruitful and impassioned classroom discussion. We offer some suggestions for how to use surveys in the classroom and provide an appendix that contains some examples of scenarios teachers could use in their courses.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI teachphil20083113
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 32,696
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Psychological Influences on Philosophical Questions: Implications for Pedagogy.J. Alden Stout & Chris Weigel - 2015 - American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy 1:98-110.
Filmmaking in the Philosophy Classroom.Nathan Andersen - 2010 - Teaching Philosophy 33 (4):375-397.
The Folk Probably Do Think What You Think They Think.Billy Dunaway, Anna Edmonds & David Manley - 2013 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 91 (3):421-441.
In Defense of Service Learning.H. M. Geibel - 2006 - Teaching Philosophy 29 (2):93-109.
The Past and Future of Experimental Philosophy.Thomas Nadelhoffer & Eddy Nahmias - 2007 - Philosophical Explorations 10 (2):123 – 149.
Experimental Philosophy.Adam Feltz - 2009 - Analyze and Kritik 31 (1):201-219.
Experimental Philosophy.Adam Feltz - 2009 - Analyse & Kritik 31 (2):201-219.
Intuitions, Counter-Examples, and Experimental Philosophy.Max Deutsch - 2010 - Review of Philosophy and Psychology 1 (3):447-460.
Philosophy Discussions With Less B.S.Neil Thomason - 1995 - Teaching Philosophy 18 (1):15-30.
Added to PP index
2017-02-17

Total downloads
2 ( #881,765 of 2,237,286 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #443,963 of 2,237,286 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature