004 - The Classroom is My Dojo

In this episode I explore reasons why standard critical thinking textbooks say almost nothing about the psychology of human reasoning and persuasion.

Topics include:
- argumentation as rhetoric vs argumentation as tool for philosophical reasoning
- why Plato was so hard on the Sophists
- what it was like being socialized into philosophy as a student
- the martial arts training hall as a ritualized space
- why the classroom is like a dojo for training in the martial art of rational argumentation
- understanding the rules inside the dojo vs the rules outside the dojo
- argumentation and the dream of universal reason
- why critical thinking needs both approaches to argumentation

Argument Ninja: Critical Thinking as a Martial Art

The Argument Ninja podcast is dedicated to helping you improve your skills at rational persuasion. Let philosopher Kevin deLaplante introduce you to a unique approach to critical thinking, inspired by martial arts training principles, that combines logic and argumentation with the latest research on the psychology of persuasion and belief.

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