What are we teaching when we teach philosophy? We’re certainly not trying to impart any one idea, outlook, or school. And, as Augustine asks, who is so thoughtless as to seek an education only to find out what the teacher thinks?
So, as a teacher of philosophy, I seek to impart philosophical literacy: an understanding of the concepts (and distinctions) at play in philosophical conversations. I further seek to impart enthusiasm for argument and debate: there are few things that make me so happy as seeing my students discussing class material well after the class is over.
In all, I want to help my students see that philosophy is something one does, rather than merely learns. This is what my best professors did for me, and this is what I seek to do for my students.
Early Medieval Philosophy
Later Medieval Philosophy
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