David L. Hildebrand, Ph.D., Philosophy

Article Philosophy's Relevance and the Pattern of Inquiry

"Philosophy's Relevance and the Pattern of Inquiry," Teaching Philosophy (December 1999) Philosophy has become largely irrelevant to most undergraduates. Philosophical problems seem disconnected from life, "as something said by philosophers concerning them alone," to quote John Dewey. Avoiding this requires that philosophers match course aims and methods with the abilities and circumstances of those being educated. To this end, this paper describes a pedagogical method incorporating John Dewey's "pattern of inquiry." An application of the method to an introductory text is given. The long range goals of teaching philosophy are discussed.


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