Elena Rabinoff Derksen

When teaching philosophy, it is important to not only teach rich and exciting content, but to teach a way of reasoning, the skill to ask meaningful questions that see past the rhetoric in the world. I believe that the best way to develop skills in critical reasoning is to practice. I especially encourage this practice because I believe it is important for philosophy professors to teach that argumentation can be critical without being combative. Too many students feel discouraged from engaging in classroom discussions because their peers treat philosophy like an aggressive sport.


Literature and Philosophy(2016)