ERIC Number: EJ1222079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
The Philosophy of Conversation: We Owe It to Our Students to Teach Them How to Disagree
Manninen, Bertha Alvarez; Mulder, Jack, Jr.
Liberal Education, v105 n1 Win 2019
The authors, Bertha Alvarez Manninen, a pro-choice associate professor of philosophy at Arizona State University, and Jack Mulder Jr., a pro-life professor of philosophy at Hope College in Michigan have argued with each other since graduate school about abortion and other issues, while respecting each other's stances and friendship. In the current political climate, however, they have become exhausted with the increasing polarization as divisions on political values that reached record levels during Barack Obama's presidency have only continued to grow since Donald Trump took office. In this article, they present the importance of teaching students how to disagree. A conversation between the two is presented about not just agreeing to disagree but allowing each other to see an argument from another person's point of view.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Persuasive Discourse, Debate, Controversial Issues (Course Content), College Students, Teaching Methods, Perspective Taking, Critical Thinking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Michigan