Monday, October 6, 2014

New in Teaching Philosophy: 'Team teaching the theism-atheism debate'


Wesley D. Cray, Steven G. Brown

Team-Teaching the Atheism-Theism Debate
In this paper, we discuss a team-taught, debate-style Philosophy of Religion course we designed and taught at The Ohio State University. Rather than tackling the breadth of topics traditionally subsumed under the umbrella of Philosophy of Religion, this course focused exclusively on the nuances of the atheism-theism debate, with the instructors openly identifying as atheist or theist, respectively. After discussing the motivations for designing and teaching such a course, we go on to detail its content and structure. We then examine various challenges and hurdles we faced, as well as some benefits we encountered along the way. Next, we discuss some informal data collected from the students enrolled in the course, some of which suggest some rather surprising outcomes. We conclude with some considerations of the applicability of this style of teaching to other philosophical debates.

1 comment:

  1. Quite an interesting paper. I honestly think that program should cover all popular points of view. I really don’t like when professors or lecturers skip something simply because they disagree with the idea. Especially when they try to impose their own opinion. Faith is not something you can force into people. Right now I’m about to graduate and use this uk writing service to come up with a paper on a topic about the relation between religion and psychology. You’d be surprised to learn how often something like this happens in the public schools today.


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