What does a strong philosophical argument entail? This easy to implement activity has students reconstruct a philosophical argument. Students work in groups to break an argument into premises and then reconstruct it. Groups share how they reconstructed the argument with the class. Then, as a class, the students discuss how the different groups constructed the steps. The instructor helps the students evaluate which argument was stronger and why. Students are assessed observationally.
Group, Single Class, Broad/Fundamental, Theoretical/Abstract, Observational, General Education, Sociology, Brandt, James, Reconstruction, ER30, The Just World, Whole class, Data for Discussion, Social Science, Expanding Depth and Breadth, Group & Cooperative Learning; Students as Classroom Leaders, Stimulating Students to Think