So you’ve started your philosophy course with high hopes of getting your students to analyze the intricacies of Aristotle’s potency and act, Aquinas’ being and essence, and Kant’s Critique of something or other. And already you find your expectations stumped by the fact that your students–fresh from high school–are having trouble figuring the difference between a definition and an example!
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
- Definitions (etymological, semantic, explanatory and classical, i.e., genus + specific difference)
- Enumerating properties
- Stating vs. Explaining
Use it in one of your first classes, and ask students to work in groups first. This will get them talking to each other. Then share with the class. This will get them talking to you!