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Lesson Worksheet: Criticism, Debate, and Tolerance Philosophy

In this worksheet, we will practice explaining three philosophical thinking skills: criticism, debate, and tolerance.

Q1:

Which of the following is not an aspect of intellectual tolerance?

  • AAcknowledging uncertainty regarding your beliefs
  • BRecognizing the legitimacy of disagreement
  • CListening carefully to what other people say
  • DAcknowledging difference of opinion
  • EAgreeing with whatever other people say

Q2:

Fill in the blank: Philosophical debate is .

  • Aa struggle between parties with conflicting aims, in which both are concerned with defeating the other
  • Bsomething to avoid, due to the risk that a clever opponent may convince you to believe what is not true
  • Can opportunity for clever people to show off their intellect and wit
  • Da conversation between people with opposing views, aimed at reaching the truth
  • Ean exercise in futility, since any true disagreements cannot be resolved

Q3:

Aristotle is sometimes reported to have said, “I love Plato, but I love truth more.” What does this phrase mean?

  • AAristotle was a bad student.
  • BIn the pursuit of truth, we may have to criticize the views of people we love.
  • CTo love someone is to agree with them, even if they are wrong.
  • DIt is not possible to truly love someone who is wrong.
  • EA student should defer to their teacher.

Q4:

Why is it important to criticize received wisdom?

  • ABecause traditional wisdom is usually wrong
  • BBecause people are smarter now than they were in the past
  • CTo show off how clever we are
  • DBecause otherwise we have no way of knowing whether it is true

Q5:

Which of the following is a characteristic of philosophical debate?

  • AInsulting language
  • BRespect for the opinions of others
  • CMisunderstandings
  • DRaised voices
  • ETalking over one another

Q6:

Anthony is explaining to his mother that he should not have to come home after school because he needs time to socialize with his friends. His mother does not stop what she is doing to listen to him but just tells him, “No, you are my son, and these are my rules.” Is this a closed debate or an open debate?

  • AClosed debate
  • BOpen debate

Q7:

Which of the following describes rationalization rather than reasoning?

  • ACriticizing positions that you disagree with
  • BLooking for reasons and evidence to defend your beliefs
  • CListening to what people who disagree with you have to say
  • DIgnoring evidence that conflicts with your beliefs
  • EResponding to arguments against your beliefs

Q8:

Which of the following is not an aspect of intellectual tolerance?

  • AListening carefully to what other people say
  • BAgreeing with whatever other people say
  • CRecognizing the legitimacy of disagreement
  • DAcknowledging differences of opinions
  • EAcknowledging uncertainty regarding your beliefs

Q9:

Which of the following attributes is important for philosophical debate?

  • AA refusal to give up your opinions, no matter what
  • BA willingness to believe whatever you are told
  • CThe knowledge that knowledge is impossible
  • DFriendship
  • EOpen-mindedness

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