"Philosophically Speaking: An Introduction to Philosophy"
Philosophy is not about finding life’s answers. It’s about considering life’s questions.
This hour-long 14-week live online discussion-based class for high school students introduces the vocabulary of philosophy and explores some of philosophy’s “greatest hits,” weaving together the work of specific philosophers (ancient and modern) with classic thought experiments and real-life examples.
This practical philosophy class, modeled on an intro college philosophy class and taught by an instructor with undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, provides a context for teens to think more deeply about the choices and experiences of their everyday lives, from ethics to artificial intelligence to identity, art, logic, "knowledge," and language. The readings, discussion, and short weekly writing project allow students to contextualize and articulate ideas -- those they may already "know" at some level as well as those they may never have considered -- and contribute to the ongoing conversation that is philosophy.
Because of the nature of the assignments, excellent reading skills (high school+ level) and the maturity to participate in thoughtful discussion are a must.
Honors option: for students who would like to extend their learning, students who register for the honors option will write a paper addressing a specific philosophical topic.
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