Of the many things I plan to do this summer, one of them is to work on lesson plans for Introduction to Philosophy. This post is to solicit stories, examples and/or references from other philosophy TA’s, professors and students.
What I am looking for most particularly are stories or examples you use (if you happen to be an instructor) that you think work well or stories or examples that made you “get it” (if you are a student).
Here’s a basic list of thinkers, ideas and areas of philosophy I’d like to collect examples for, but if you have a good one that does not fit below (or if you’re not sure whether or not it fits), by all means share it!
- Informal Logic and Fallacies (I’d love to collect more examples of informal fallacies!)
- Aquinas (Five Ways)
- Anselm (Ontological Argument)
- Pascal (The Wager)
- Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant (epistemology/metaphysics/mind)
- Kant, Hobbes, Mill, Bentham, Aristotle (ethics)
I am looking specifically for examples and stories that (a) show the force of an argument, (b) show problems in an argument or (c) make a position or argument clear and/or relevant.
A great example was posted by Dr Vitz here:
Don’t be shy! Post away! I’ll even supply the first example, dedicated to you Trekkies out there:
The good of the one does not outweigh the good of the many. — Spock. (Utilitarianism)