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