After covering an introduction to Metaphysics through text reading and digital summaries, the unit’s study will revolve around individual inquiry and research into the lives and minds of philosophers who have waded into the discussion of just what there is, and what it is like. In blog posts and presentations, the intended learning outcome in the next week is to create a variety of biographical and critical information on various metaphical philosophers.
For Credit Learners
Blog Post – Demonstrate research and introduction to a philosopher of Metaphysics in a blog post submitted no later than Wednesday October 24th. Look to answer the following questions in your introduction:
- How did the philosopher’s life or biography influence their personal philosophy?
- What ideas or concepts are they credited with or notable for?
- How have these ideas been built on or incorporated into our modern zeitgeist or mindset?
- What personal response do you have to the topics your philosopher explored?
Presentation – Beginning next week (Monday October 29th), for credit participants will be hosting Pecha Kucha – style presentations of their evaluation of one of their philosopher’s arguments, or contentions on a metaphysical topic. These presentations should adhere to (approximately) this structure:
- Slides 1 – 5: You and your Philosopher – How do you differ, what do you hold the same?
- Slides 6 – 10: What they are saying – Outline a single argument / proposition from your selected philosopher.
- Slides 11 – 15: Truth, Validity & Soundness – How would you evaluate your philosopher’s argument?
- Slides 16 – 20: Metaphysics in the Modern World – Where do you see the influence, or evidence of the ideas expressed by your philosopher?
Open Online Participants
As always, you are invited and encouraged to take on either of the assignments, or propose and submit an alternate response to the topic that you feel compelled to share. We value your input wherever you have the time to offer it, and look forward to your engagement with the blog’s comments, and on our class wiki site for this unit.