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New Open Access Text On Probability & Decision

Jonathan Weisberg, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, has created a new open-access book on probability and decision-making. It has the brilliant title Odds & Ends. The book, which requires neither a background in deductive logic nor familiarity with other formal methods, and makes generous use of visual aids, is intended for introductory philosophy courses on probability and inductive logic. It is free and also open-source, which means instructors can alter it to suit their teaching needs, and is available as a PDF and in HTML. Professor Weisberg says: By the end of the course, students with little formal background have a bevy of tools for thinking about uncertainty. They can understand much more of the statistical and scientific discourse they encounter. And hopefully they have a greater appreciation for the value of formal methods. Students who already have strong formal tools and skills will, I hope, better understand their limitations. I want them to understand why these tools leave big questions open—not just philosophically, but also in very pressing, practical ways. He credits Brian Skyrms’ Choice & Chance, Ian Hacking’s An Introduction to Probability and Inductive Logic, and Kieran Healy’s book Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction as influences for his book. You can access Odds & Ends here.   The post New Open Access Text On Probability & Decision appeared first on Daily [More]

Syllabus Sleeper Hits

The fall term is getting underway at many institutions of higher education, and a philosophy professor has written in with a suggested topic for discussion: syllabus sleeper hits. She writes: I thought it might be timely, and useful, to invite people to post their syllabus “sleeper hits”: articles that might not be obvious or canonical choices, or which might have seemed like gambles to teach, but that precipitated unusually good class sessions. We all have them, don’t we? And since many of us have our syllabi on are minds right now…. Readers, what have you found to be your syllabus sleeper hits? The post Syllabus Sleeper Hits appeared first on Daily [More]

What You Wish You Knew When You Started Teaching Philosophy

The fall term is almost upon us, so let’s talk teaching. Are there bits of teaching wisdom you’ve picked up over the years that you wish you knew when you were starting out? Please share them in the comments, and spare your colleagues (and their students) some missteps, misconceptions, and misery. Thank you. Relatedly, I thought it might be a good time to share some previous teaching posts: Small Changes to Improve Teaching Improve Your Philosophy Teaching With This One Weird Trick Philosophy Teaching Games Teaching Philosophy as the Search for Complication Teaching and the Philosophical Canon Diversity Reading List Site Updated Teaching As If Our Students Were Not Future Philosophers Why Students Aren’t Reading (Ought Experiment) Grade Anarchy & Student Learning Course Websites Empirical Support for a Method of Teaching Critical Thinking How To Write A Philosophy Paper: Online Guides A New Kind of Critical Thinking Text Remixing the Open Logic Text How to Teach (Philosophy): Readings Sought The post What You Wish You Knew When You Started Teaching Philosophy appeared first on Daily [More]

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