Rules for Doing Philosophy
From Big Ideas For Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through
Children's Literature, by Dr. Thomas Wartenberg
This is Wartenberg's skelton or abbreviated list. In chapter 4 of his book he goes into richer, valuable detail.
For our workshops, we have slightly altered and reworded the rules.
- State your position on an issue - that is, answer a question
that has been asked - in a clear manner after taking time to
- Figure out if you agree or disagree with what
has been said, and then state that.
- Present a real example of the abstract issue being discussed.
- Present a counterexample to a claim that has been proposed.
- Put forward a revised version of a claim in light of
- Support your position with reasons.
Original material from www.teachingchildrenphilosophy.org
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Alike 3.0 Unported license. Additional material and/or revisions by Leo Heska published under that