Philosophy is a broad and diverse subject. The primary foci for this Introductory course will be discussions about understanding and ‘doing philosophy’. A student who “does philosophy” is a student who, in a self-directed way, exercises a set of intellectual skills in the service of reaching greater clarity about the world, himself/herself, and rational/logical tools of understanding nature and culture.
Students will actively encounter material through "Learn by Doing" activities that facilitate and support learning with hints and immediate feedback. In addition, students will work in small groups on expository text, videos, animations, interactive exercises, and self-assessments.
Three questions, three principles, and three take-outs of the Course
(A)Three very important questions to answer during this Class.
The first: How to make it fun to study philosophy?
No fun, no joy – poor prospects for obtaining an education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Interdependence of Humans and Machines/Algorithms
The second, closely connected with the first one, Is the Introduction to Philosophy in the Time of Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Sociality, and Online Culture Different from the Intro to Philosophy for the Industrial Age?
The third, Why should I take the Intro to Philosophy?
If you don't know why and what are you taking this course for, you'll get the wrong outcomes.
(B) Three principles:
Principle One: Discussion, Discussion, Discussion.
The Class is not about memorizing concepts, theories, methods, and research findings or playing with citations. It is about an Invitation to the Discussion of the concepts, theories, data, and citations from philosophy classics and textbooks. It is about an Invitation to Discuss Reality of Everyday Life of a Human Being in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Online Culture.
Principle Two: Arguments, Arguments, Arguments.
Discussion in the Class is not about "I think so, and that it". Discussion in the class needs your Arguments. An argument must follow each thesis.
Principle Three: Working in the Small Groups. Will test the arguments first in the small groups. The course is oriented toward working in small groups.
( C ) Three take outs:
One: Philosophy matters. To know the principles of philosophy matters even more.
Two: Do not look for the right answers; look for the right questions.
Three: Do not forget to relate what you have obtained in class with your further studying.