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Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

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  • More than 10 students
  • 15 to 30 min
    Up to 3 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

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Philosophical Dialogue(Resource ID: 22)

The Socratic dialogue helps individual participants to gain general insights through reflection on concrete experience. It is a platonic moment. It is about thinking together and building on each other’s ideas. One usually agrees on a question which most participants find interesting. Central to Socratic dialogue is the search for meaning beyond the purely subjective, to strive for valid inter-subjective statements, for truth. The process of winning insights through reflection on experience is determined by the structure of the reasoning capacity of the participants, which is the pre-condition for an inductive conclusion.

In the Socratic Dialogue, it is the facilitator’s pedagogical task to ensure that all considerations are taken into account, to foster argumentation skills and to steer the dialogue in fruitful directions, so that all participants are involved.

Students practice how to deal with informal fallacies, giving reasons, examples and counterexamples, offering and examining propositions, hypotheses or explanations and learn to know different perspectives and different ways of thinking.

The module offers stimulus material for a philosophical dialogue, for example literature, pictures, music and films.

One aim is to promote reflective skills, mutual understanding and finally to develop a „community of inquiry“. You can find exercises, discussion plans and activities which can be used differently related to the philosophical dialogue as well as power point presentation and worksheets to every module.

Type of teaching method
  • Discussion / debate
  • Reflection
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Strengths of the method
- dialogic skills
- inquiry skills
- exploring similarities
- critical thinking
- creative thinking
- caring thinking
- giving reasons
- empathy
- drawing conclusions
- openmindedness
- self correcting
- formulating questions
- distinguishing causes and reasons
- recognizing ambiguities
- anticipating, predicting and estimating consequences
- recognizing similarities and differences
- recognizing the relation between cause and effect
- working with analogies
- thought experiments
- identifying underlying assumptions
- identifying and using criteria
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenf├Ącher" (2011/12)

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Mag. Dr.phil. Dr.h.c. Daniela G. Camhy
Anja Lindbichler


Camhy Daniela
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz
Institute of Philosophy


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Type of teaching method

  • Discussion / debate
  • Reflection