Philosophical Tools
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSM101
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. F.R. van Caspel
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dr. F.R. van Caspel
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Contactperson for the course
dr. F.R. van Caspel
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Academic year2023
SEM2  (29/01/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Like the course Public Philosophy, this course teaches you to use your philosophical skills in a non-academic context. Whereas in Public Philosophy the focus was on doing philosophy for a broader audience, this course revolves around doing philosophy with a broader audience. We shift our focus from transferring philosophical knowledge, to transferring philosophical skills, such that your audience can apply the philosophical method themselves in order to gain knowledge. During this course you will learn skills you can use to get others to think philosophically. This connects to the end terms of the master program, which state that you’ll learn to bring philosophy (including the philosophical method) to a broader audience. That is exactly what you’ll learn in this course.
This course revolves around ways in which you – as a philosopher – can challenge and stimulate others to think philosophically. You will learn how you can get people who are not trained in philosophy to engage in philosophical analysis and thought.

In order to do this you will learn philosophical tools that you can offer to those who have little or no experience in philosophy. Which philosophical tools can we use to get people to think critically? How can you nurture philosophical reflection in someone? We will discuss and practice various methods to do this, including creating and using analogies, conceptual analysis, thought experiments, conversational techniques (like Socratic questioning), and uncovering implicit assumptions and cognitive biases. During the course you will get direct experience with several of these methods, and you will learn how to use them in a group, community or organization to elevate the level of thought and reflection.
This is a master level course.
Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
To complete the course you must actively participate in the meetings and complete the associated assignments, and host a workshop for your fellow students at the end of the course.

Required materials
Course materials will be made available on Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written task
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2