ROLES OF QUESTIONS IN THINKING AND REASONING – Zoom Only by Nathan Eric Dickman
Questions play a vital role in many areas of our lives. Perhaps you have heard of the AHRQ’s advocacy strategy titled “Questions are the answer” where they try to help patients generate questions they should ask their health care providers. Everyone says that people should ask more questions. But what does that really mean? What even are questions? Fortunately, Dr. Dickman has taken up the challenge to explain questions on a logical and philosophical level in his new book, Using Questions to Think. In this course, we will work through the book together, chapter by chapter, with an aim to create great group discussions for our class. The purchase of the book is optional, as Dr. Dickman will make a digital version of his proof (not the final published copy) available to the class.
Nathan Eric Dickman (PhD, The University of Iowa) is an assistant professor of philosophy at University of the Ozarks—formerly an associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at Young Harris College. He researches in hermeneutic phenomenology, philosophy of language, and comparative questions in philosophy of religions. He teaches a wide range of courses, such as Critical Thinking, Islam, Ethics, and the Historical Jesus. Over the last ten years, he has published seven peer-reviewed articles specifically on questions, thinking, and dialogue in diverse disciplines—including philosophy, psychology, and education—as well as presented at over sixteen conferences on these same topics.