This course will not be offered for Fall '21 - Spring '22

Critical Thinking (High School)

The philosopher Socrates is known above all for asking questions. Although he wrote nothing, and our knowledge of him as an historical figure is nebulous, he has been immortalized as a provocative character in the dialogues of Plato, where he never fails to ask the questions that reveal his interlocutor's ignorance of fundamental ethical matters like justice and piety. The Socratic method pioneered by the Platonic character is still used in philosophy as a foundation of the skill of "critical thinking." If we are critical thinkers, we know how to ask the right questions to test the information coming to us from external sources; we are able to assess arguments for validity and soundness, identify logical fallacies, determine whether there is good evidence to support a claim, and (not least) to question our own presuppositions. Through study of the text Think With Socrates (Paul Herrick, OUP, 2015), reading of several Platonic dialogues, and examination of arguments taken from the "real world" of our contemporary culture, we will develop the skills of critical thinking, philosophical discussion, and literary analysis. Recommended for high school students.

This course is not currently being offered. However, if there were sufficient interest, we would consider adding it to the schedule. If you'd like to take this class, contact Dr. Slatin at pkslatin@gmail.com.

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens February 27.


Part 1

(Fall '18)

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Part 2

(Spring '19)

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Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Patricia Slatin,
Ph. D.    email
Grade  Level:  recommended for high school students
Minimum Enrollment Required: 4
Maximum Class Size: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $360
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): $300

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Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Patricia Slatin,
Ph. D.
  pkslatin@gmail.com
Age  Level:  15 and up
Minimum Enrollment Required: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $360

Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

Part 1

(Fall '19)

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Part 2

(Spring '20)

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Prerequisites: Part 1 (or instructor's permission).

Prerequisites: None
Instructor:  Patricia Slatin,
Ph. D.    email
Age  Level:  15 and up
Minimum Enrollment Required: 4
Maximum Class Size: 15
Tuition per Semester:  $360
Early Registration Discount (before June 1): $300

Class Meeting Time and  Start Date TBD (Class will begin week of August 19)

(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

 

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Patricia Slatin, Ph.D.

Patricia Slatin received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005, with a focus on ancient philosophy, particularly Platonic metaphysics and theology. Thereafter she served as visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University (2007-2009) and postdoctoral teaching fellow at Stanford (2009-2013); recently she taught history and Greek at St. John's Orthodox Academy in San Francisco and Biblical Greek at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Beyond teaching, Patricia enjoys spending time with her cat, walking in the hills of western Iowa, and volunteering at a local nature preserve.

Textbooks

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Think With Socrates
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Plato: Five Dialogues


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Plato: Protagoras


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Plato: Thaetetus


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